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Tiny Mite or Tick? - Halticotoma valida

Tiny Mite or Tick? - Halticotoma valida
St. James, Phelps County, Missouri, USA
May 12, 2010
Size: 1/16"
There were maybe 30 of these guys on one yucca plant leaf. I have no idea what they are but they were grouped pretty tight and started scattering as I approached with the camera.

Moved from ID Request.

Neither :)
It's the nymph of a true bug. In fact, it looks a lot like the Yucca Plant Bug, Halticotoma valida.

Let's see if others agree.

Huh...I never even thought to search for the bug based on the specific plant. Interesting that it is a bug specific to Yuccas. Thanks for the ID of which I'm confident you are right.

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