DID YOU KNOW?
Phoresy: The association between two organisms in which one travels on the body of another, without being a parasite. In the photo above and the first photo below, the mites hitch a ride on the beetle. The beetle lays its larva in carrion. The mites eat the maggots that are already feeding on the carrion ensuring the larva will have food when they hatch.
The ladybug is the official insect of Massachusetts.
Order: Beetles (Coleoptera)