Poecilochirus carabi


Poecilochirus carabi

Discovered in garden. 25th July 2019. © Peter Hillman

Family Parasitidae

These mites don’t actually harm the Common Sexton Beetle (Nicrophorus vespilloides), but grab a ride to the next burial site. These beetles have an important role of recyling carrion by burying beneath it for their larvae to feed. The hitchhiking mites hop off when the beetle has found a new carcass, and the mites then breed themselves, their timing so perfect that when the adult beetles are ready to fly the new generation of mites hitch a ride with them in search of another dead animal.