Damselfly 4: Parasite Carrier Red Damselfly

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Damselfy with water mites on its abdomen
Damselfy with water mites on its abdomen

Sighted in  a vegetation of a swampy area near a lake between one to two in the afternoon. Hitching along with it on its flight, a tiny  orb-shaped passengers clinging on the ventral side of its abdomen.  These are odonate parasites or water mites feeding on them while having a free ride and carry them on their new habitat, a new place for the parasites to propagate. Nature is truly amazing how these little odonate creatures were parasitize with  mites. So,  Damselflies and dragonflies were not only a good indicator of the ecological integrity but a disperser of these parasitic organism as well. 

Location: Samal Island/ Suborder: Zygoptera/ Species: ?

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