Title: Phoretic Carrying Capacity of Flying Southern Pine Beetles (Coleoptera: Scolytidae)
Author: Moser, John C.
Source: The Canadian Entomologist 108: 807-808
Description: Mites do not have wings, but in their course of evolution many species have
developed an association with insects, using them as a vehicle of distribution. Occasionally they cover the host so completely that the insect cannot fly. The literature is replete with these observations. Except for a single speculation (Fronk 1947), there are no reports as to how many mites Derzdroctonus frontalis Zimmerman can support and still fly to its intended destination.
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Moser, John C. 1976. Phoretic Carrying Capacity of Flying Southern Pine Beetles (Coleoptera: Scolytidae). The Canadian Entomologist 108: 807-808.