Poecilochirus sp. Poecilochirus sp. G. & R. Canestrini, 1882    
Kingdom Animalia   >   Phylum Arthropoda   >   Class Arachnida   >   Order Mesostigmata   >   Family Parasitidae   >   Genus Poecilochirus   


"Species in this genus inhabit vertebrate carrion and ride on silphid beetles. They don't show host specificity, but mix up in larger carcasses where adult beetles come to feed. Those on Nicrophorus ride back on the adult and enter the brood cell and reproduce there" (Barry O'Connor/BugGuide).

There are 3 records in the project database.

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A group of Poecilochirus species in Frederick Co., Maryland (6/26/2016). Shown here on a Round-necked Sexton Beetle. Photo by Mark Etheridge. (MBP list)

Poecilochirus species on Nicrophorus pustulatus in Frederick Co., Maryland (5/28/2016). Verified by Will Chatfield-Taylor/BugGuide. Photo by Mark Etheridge. (MBP list)

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