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Family Parasitidae

Tiny Insect (Mite?) under Lid #2b log fungus mite Predatory Mite Mite - Poecilochirus Mite ID mite with enlarged front legs mite or tick larva? mite
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Chelicerata (Chelicerates)
Class Arachnida (Arachnids)
Subclass Acari (Mites and Ticks)
Superorder Parasitiformes
Order Mesostigmata (mesostigs)
Suborder Parasitina
Superfamily Parasitoidea
Family Parasitidae
>360 spp. in 32 genera worldwide(1)
Very common in decaying organic materials, where they prey on nematodes and fly larvae. [comment by Barry M. O'Connor]
Many are phoretic mites that hitch a ride on some kind of insect.