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