An ancient mite that bit an ant’s head got locked together in amber for millions of years. The fossil is the first discovered parasite from a group whose species plague today’s ants, bees and wasps. The mite is attached to the ant’s head – a similar behaviour to modern parasitic mites like varroa, which can infest honeybees. The research was published in Royal Society journal Biology Letters, ‘An ant-associated mesostigmatid mite in Baltic amber’ (Sept 2014) by Jason A Dunlop, Jenő Kontschán, David E Walter and Vincent Perrichot: http://ow.ly/Cnp8t and featured in Nature News: http://ow.ly/Cnosi. Story sourced by Emma Sarah Tennant.