Poecilochirus carabi

Poecilochirus carabi G. & R. Canestrini, 1882



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 getting rid of carrion by burying beneath them 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.