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Springtail with Acari? - Ptenothrix

Springtail with Acari? - Ptenothrix
Deane, Letcher County, Kentucky, USA
November 17, 2013
Size: 1-2mm
Found this little one on a leaf, brought it home to photograph. I didn't see the mite till I put the pictures on the computer. I did notice the Springtail kept falling over and acting strange while taking the pictures.

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Springtail with Acari? - Ptenothrix Springtail with Acari? - Ptenothrix


Ptenothrix sp.
Predated by Acari. Did you save the poor specimen from a certain death?

I tried to getting it off with a Q-tip but couldn't. I was doing more damage to the poor little thing. The Acari would not release it.

Moved from ID Request.

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