view of a Common Blue Female, carrying a red mite

Common Blue. Photo: Alison Copland

Alison photographed this female Common Blue at Worth Matravers on 6/08/18.

The red mites are trombidium breei, and although they look unpleasant, do not apparently harm the butterfly.They are also found on other species such as Marbled Whites, Meadow Browns, and Small Skippers to name a few of long grassland species affected.

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