S&AA-Ixodidae - Systematic & Applied Acarology...

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(2010) 15, 195–196. 195 © 2010 ISSN 1362-1971 Parasitism of the carpenter bee, Xylocopa virginica (L.) (Hymenoptera: Api- dae) , by larval Dermacentor variabilis (Say) (Acari: Ixodidae) JEROME GODDARD 1 2 1 Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology, 100 Twelve Lane, Clay Lyle Entomology, Mississippi State University, Mississippi State, MS 39762, U.S.A. E-mail: jgoddard@entomology.msstate.edu 2 220 Martin Drive South, Brandon, MS 39042 U.S.A. Abstract Seven larval Dermacentor variabilis were found during April 2010 on a male carpenter bee, Xylocopa virginica , at Rayne, Louisiana, USA, while looking for chaetodactylid mites. One tick appeared to be partially engorged. Subsequently, 10 more carpenter bees (7 males, 3 females) were collected from the same location and examined for ticks. None were infested. The significance of this finding is discussed. Ticks are obligate blood-sucking parasites of all terrestrial vertebrates: mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians. Only very rarely have they been found attached to invertebrates. Hooker reported a
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