Parasitic mites as part-time bodyguards of a host wasp.

  title={Parasitic mites as part-time bodyguards of a host wasp.},
  author={Kimiko Okabe and Shun'ichi Makino},
  journal={Proceedings. Biological sciences},
  volume={275 1648},
Some bees and wasps that host mites have peculiar pocket-like structures called acarinaria. These have long been considered as morphological adaptations to securely transfer beneficial mites into nests, and thus are thought to be the product of a mutualistic relationship. However, there has been little compelling evidence to support this hypothesis. We demonstrated that the parasitic mite Ensliniella parasitica, which uses acarinaria, increases the reproductive success of its host wasp… CONTINUE READING
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