Mystery of the Sexton Beetle

When I took this picture, I felt sorry for the poor beetle. It was heavily loaded down with an infestation of mites. The beetle tried again and again to fly, but the parasites just weighed him down too much. But later after doing a little research on the beetle, I was astounded. The assumptions I made about what was happening, were completely wrong.  If you would like to read about this amazing story of mutualism, I have posted it on another site of mine. Click here