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Flotsam harvesting

Flotsam harvesting
Nashua, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire, USA
April 20, 2007
Yet another mite loaded with beetles. Wait, did I say that wrong?
Hmmm.

I have found dozens of red velvet mites and scores of smaller mites in the flotsam.

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Moved
Moved from Frass.

Frassed
Moved from Beetles.

Images not needed for the Guide. Will remain here for 30 days. If you want, relink them to the collection containers, etc and move there, but they are not really needed within Coleoptera.

That's
great. Any idea on the BL of the mite?

 
Density
I'm sorry to be dense, but what is BL?

 
BL
is body length.
When applied to spiders, it is the combined length of the carapace and abdomen. A couple more examples for spiders are: CL - carapace length, CW - " " width.
In general, BL is the length minus legspan (LS). I use BL for my insect and spider measurements.

 
Thanks, Jeff.
In that case the BL is nearly 4 mm on this velvet mite. I found quite a size range among the velvet mites clinging to the flotsam. I guess that makes sense as they must grow.

 
Wow
that's the biggest mite I've seen.

 
Not unusual for velvet mites.
I'm sure I've seen larger ones. Of course if you click on the Ti*ck icon, then the Taxonomy tab, you can see that tick*s are just one order under one of the two superorders of mites. A fully engorged female tick would therefore be a truly large mite :-)

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