Canon EOS 350D, Close-up lens 250D, 1/25sec, F/5.6, ISO-400
Location: Sunnemo, Sweden, Europe
Date: June 10/2011

Burying Beetle & Phoretic Mites
The Phoretic mites are not parasitic on the beetle, but are carnivorous, eating fly larvae that could be a threat to the beetle larvae. They use the beetle as transport, so we have a good symbiotic relationship, here.

Nicrophorus vespilloides is a burying beetle described by Johann Friedrich Wilhelm Herbst in 1783.

Besides the many interesting behaviors this beetle exhibits it is of interest because in North America it is restricted to Sphagnum bogs and marshes whereas in Europe and throughout the Palearctic it is found in open forest habitats. The restriction of N. vespilloides to bogs in the North America has been attributed to competition with its congener, N. defodiens which in this area is found in forest habitats. N. vespilloides reproduces exclusively in bogs in North America and is never found in adjacent (<100 meters) forested habitat in the Mer Bleue bog area near Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
Source: Wikipedia

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  • AngieBanta
    AngieBantaabout 3 years ago

    Gorgeous Macro! Beautiful looking beetle!

  • Thank you so much Angie for the kind comment, yeah a beautiful beetle!
    Warm Greetings, Jokus ;)

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  • jesika
    jesikaabout 3 years ago

    Handsome beastie, lovely shot.

  • Thank you so much Jesika for the kind comment, handsome it is ;)
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  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeabout 3 years ago

  • Thanks Ray for the welcome in the group.
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  • barnsis
    barnsisabout 3 years ago

    Awesome Macro Sis, great color

  • Thank you so much Bro for the kind comment, yeah love the color.
    Hug, Jo-Sis;)

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  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjesabout 3 years ago

    1 Image per day 2011/08/02!
    Stunning macro!

  • Thanks Magaret for the welcome in the group.
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    – Jo Nijenhuis

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    Charles & Patr...about 3 years ago

    Love the bold red and black, very nice look my friend.

  • Thank you so much Chuck and Pat for the kind comment!
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    – Jo Nijenhuis

    JUSTARTabout 3 years ago

    great shot

  • Thank you so much Sylvia for the kind comment.
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  • Charmiene Maxwell-batten
    Charmiene Maxw...about 3 years ago

    wonderful capture!

  • Thank you so much Charmiene for the kind comment and Fav, glad to share;)
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    – Jo Nijenhuis

  • Ranald
    Ranaldabout 3 years ago

  • Thank you so much Ranald for the feature, happy with it;)))
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  • Damienne Bingham
    Damienne Binghamabout 3 years ago

    Great capture, what an unusual looking insect! Congrats on the feature!

  • Thank you so much Damienne for the kind comment and Fav, glad you enjoy this unusual looking beetle!
    Warm Greetings, Jokus ;)

    – Jo Nijenhuis

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