Bee Mites : Acari : Parasitiformes : Mesostigmata : Ascidae : Proctolaelaps

Proctolaelaps ornatus (Postner in Westerboer, 1963)

Garmania (Garmaniella) ornata Postner in Westerboer, 1963: 426, Figs 261-263.
Garmaniella ornata: Karg, 1971: 244, Figs 258r, 264d.
Melichares ornata: Bregetova, 1977: 218, Figs 142,1,3-6.
Melichares ornatus: Klimov: 1998: 12.

Material (show database records). 1 female, 1 deutonymphs - USA: Ohio, Franklin Co., Columbus, nest of Bombus (Fervidobombus) fervidus (Fabricius, 1798), 6 Jul 2002, J. Wenzel, BMOC 02-0706-001; 8 additional slides from R. W. Husbands' collection (unprocessed).

Identification. See key to species here.

Notes. Type host is not indicated in the original description.

North America:
Bombus (Fervidobombus) fervidus (Fabricius, 1798) (first record)
Bombus (Fervidobombus) pensylvanicus (De Geer, 1773) (as americanorum) (first record)
Bombus (Pyrobombus) bifarius Cresson, 1878 (first record)
Bombus (Pyrobombus) bimaculatus Cresson, 1863 (first record)
Bombus (Pyrobombus) ternarius Say, 1837 (first record)
Bombus (Pyrobombus) vagans Smith, 1854 (first record)
Bombus (Subterraneobombus) borealis Kirby, 1837 (first record)

Palaearctic region:
Bombus (Bombus) terrestris (Linnaeus, 1758)
Bombus (Melanobombus) lapidarius (Linnaeus, 1758)
Bombus (Bombus) lucorum (Linnaeus, 1761)
Bombus (Megabombus) hortorum (Linnaeus, 1761)
Bombus (Pyrobombus) hypnorum (Linnaeus, 1758)
Bombus (Megabombus) ruderatus (Fabricius, 1775)
Bombus (Bombus) albocinctus Smith
Bombus (Megabombus) tichenkoi (Skorikov, 1925)
(Klimov, 1998; Westerboer, 1963; our data)

Distribution. USA: Michigan (first record), Ohio (first record); Canada (Alberta) (first record); Germany (type locality); Ukraine; Russia: Kuril Islands (Bregetova, 1977; Davydova and Bogatyrev, 1990; El-Banhawy and Nasr, 1986; Klimov, 1998; Westerboer, 1963)

Biology. This species is found on adult bumblebees and their nests (see below) and in subterranean nests of rodents (Bregetova, 1977; Westerboer, 1963).

Bregetova, N. G. 1977. [Family Aceosejidae]. In [Opredelitel' obytayshchikh v pochve kleshchey Mesostigmata = Identification key to soil-inhabiting mites Mesostigmata], eds. M. S. Gilarov & N. G. Bregetova, 169-226. Leningrad: Nauka.
Davydova, M. S. & N. R. Bogatyrev. 1990. [The fauna and several peculiarities of ecology of gamasid mites associated with bumblebees]. In Chlenistonogie i gelminty [=Arthropods and helminths], ed. G. S. Zolotarenko, 27-33. Novosibirsk: Nauka.
El-Banhawy, E. M. & A. K. Nasr. 1984[1986]. Incidence of mites in bee hives in the State of New York with descriptions of two new species. Zoological Society of Egypt Bulletin.34: 76-82.
Karg, W. 1971. Acari (Acarina), Milben. Unterordnung Anactinochaeta (Parasitiformes). Die freilebenden Gamasina (Gamasides), Raubmilben. Die Tierwelt Deutschlands. 59. pp.
Klimov, P. B. 1998. To the knowledge of mites and ticks (Acari) of Kuril Islands. Far Eastern Entomologist.36: 1-36.
Westerboer, I. 1963. Die Familie Podocinidae Berlese 1916. In Beiträge zur Systematik und Ökologie Mitteleuropäischer Acarina. Band II. Mesostigmata 1., ed. H.-J. Stammer, 179-450. Leipzig: Akademische Verlagsgesellschaft Geest & Portig K.-G.



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