A sketch of an unidentified damselfly with larval water mites engorging on its wings. The picture was drawn by one of my former students, Kathyrn Norman, and was sketched from a photograph taken in
Bannerghatta, India, that was available from the web. To my knowledge, this is the first report of mites engorging on wings of damselflies. There are Arrenurids (that’s the mites) which engorge on the wings of Sympetrum dragonflies. One of the things that is immediately evident is that these mites engorge at different rates, even though they are likely one species. If others have photos of such mites engorging, I would enjoy having them brought to my attention.
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