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Mar 28, 2012 4:26 PM

Water Boatman with red mites on legs

Hi

 

While out enjoying the fine weather I thought I'd check out the life living in the cattle troughs scattered around the estate. I found a large number of juvenile waterboatman in all of the troughs; however many of the chaps in one particular trough are carrying red mites (?) on their back legs.

 

Seems to slow down the swimming a little but hasn't stopped them completetly. It's the first time I've seen this, any thoughts on type of mite - is there a specific waterboatman mite? Sorry description is a little vague; but they are very small unless your a juveniile waterboatman I suppose.

 

Cheers

Treewright

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