Phoretic Carrying Capacity of Flying Southern Pine Beetles (Coleoptera: Scolytidae)

  • Authors: Moser, John C.
  • Publication Year: 1976
  • Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)
  • Source: The Canadian Entomologist 108: 807-808


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.

  • Citation: Moser, John C. 1976. Phoretic Carrying Capacity of Flying Southern Pine Beetles (Coleoptera: Scolytidae). The Canadian Entomologist 108: 807-808
  • Posted Date: April 26, 2006
  • Modified Date: August 22, 2006
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