Subject: Beetle and his friends
Location: central texas
May 16, 2012 11:44 pm
Identifying the beetle is prolly pretty easy, the real question, for me, is what are the tiny bugs hanging out in the dent on its head. It’s hard to make them out in the picture. They are light brown/yellowish in color and about the size of a pencil point. I’ve got some good pictures finally.
We believe the beetle is a female Ox Beetle in the genus Strategus and the small creatures on her head are Mites. We don’t believe they are parasitic, but more likely that they are Phoretic Mites, meaning they use the Ox Beetle for transportation from one food source to another. Here is a photo of a female Ox Beetle from BugGuide.