Document Type

Article

Journal/Book Title/Conference

Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington

Volume

75

Publication Date

8-28-1962

First Page

227

Last Page

236

Abstract

Although the mites belonging to the family Chaetodactylidae are commonly found on bees of the genus Osmia, and related genera, little is known about them. Trouessart (1904), working with Chaetodactylus ludwigi (Trouessart), and Popo-vici-Baznosanu (1913), working with C. osmiae (Dufour), discovered the encysted hypopial stage. They believed that this was an overwintering form that transformed into an adult in the spring. Michael (1903) reared C. osmiae from the migratory hypopus through the third nymph into the adult. However, he did not find the encysted hypopial stage. Zakhvatkin (1941) has presented the most complete bibliography of the family Chaetodactylidae.

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