Theo Bosboom - Parasitizing

Theo Bosboom - Parasitizing

Not a picture to hang on your wall. Water mite larvae (arrenurus) parasitizing on a common blue damselfly (ennalagma cyathigerum). The water mite larvae attach to an almost full grown damselfly larva and move to the damselfly after it has emerged. There they attach themselves to the thorax or abdomen (depending on the species). A high infestation with water mite larvae hinders the damselfly a lot and can make it weak, slow and light-weighted. Sometimes it can even cause its death. The water mite larva - after having grown to many times it’s original size - wait until the host flies above water and jumps down, where it changes into an aquatic, predacious nymph.

Location: Overijssel, Holland

Posted on 11.05.2012
Photo info - 01.07.2011: Canon EOS-1D Mark IV, 100 mm, ISO 500, f 5.6, 1/100 sec
Tags: close-up common blue damselfly damselfy macro parasitizing portrait Theo Bosboom Water mite larvae wildlife photography
Theo Bosboom - Parasitizing

Theo Bosboom - Parasitizing

Not a picture to hang on your wall. Water mite larvae (arrenurus) parasitizing on a common blue damselfly (ennalagma cyathigerum). The water mite larvae attach to an almost full grown damselfly larva and move to the damselfly after it has emerged. There they attach themselves to the thorax or abdomen (depending on the species). A high infestation with water mite larvae hinders the damselfly a lot and can make it weak, slow and light-weighted. Sometimes it can even cause its death. The water mite larva - after having grown to many times it’s original size - wait until the host flies above water and jumps down, where it changes into an aquatic, predacious nymph.

Location: Overijssel, Holland

Posted on 11.05.2012
Photo info - 01.07.2011: Canon EOS-1D Mark IV, 100 mm, ISO 500, f 5.6, 1/100 sec
Tags: close-up common blue damselfly damselfy macro parasitizing portrait Theo Bosboom Water mite larvae wildlife photography