Rhino Beetle with Whip Scorpion Parasites


rhino dung beetle We found this Rhino Beetle the other day and as we were examining him we noticed several Whip Scorpions attached to the back of his abdomen. I remember in EO Wilsons book "The Diversity of Life" a description of another Whip Scorpion parasite on another beetle. Interesting, I wonder if this species is described.

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- Also see other smaller egg type things near the Whip Scorpion. I don't know if these are eggs or another parasite.