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Poor Muscina
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Posted on 19-08-2010 20:45

Location: Valencia (spain)
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This Muscina sp. (M. stabulans I suppose) was fallen in a pond (?)
- Picture taken in Segovia (Central Spain)
- 29-may-2010
- among crops


Miguel Yuste rescued her and took the photographs not expecting this

She was full of mites? Mites and many other insects' larvae?

Itīs a pity; in case they were mites, they would be probably aquatic, so attacked her when she felt, but those smaller bugs? Maybe some larvae had attaked her before and thatīs why she felt on the water?
Tony Irwin
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Posted on 20-08-2010 20:28
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I think the big mites are Parasitiformes - commonly found as "hitchhikers" on insects which emerge from dung or compost. They are predatory, but are not eating the fly - just hanging on to get a ride to another site. There are more than usual on this fly - so that could be the reason she fell in the water. I think the smaller bugs are larval mites.
Tony Irwin
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Posted on 21-08-2010 22:15

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Thank you very much for such a complete explanation (I didnīt expect) :)
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