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For Insects, Spiders & Their Kin
For the United States & Canada
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Family Parasitidae

hairy mite Mites on Beetle - Poecilochirus phoretic mites on Sexton Beetle - Poecilochirus mite or tick larva? Large Mite Unknown Mite Mite mites on american carrion beetle - Poecilochirus
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.