Identification, Images, & Information
For Insects, Spiders & Their Kin
For the United States & Canada
Clickable Guide
Moths Butterflies Flies Caterpillars Flies Dragonflies Flies Mantids Cockroaches Bees and Wasps Walkingsticks Earwigs Ants Termites Hoppers and Kin Hoppers and Kin Beetles True Bugs Fleas Grasshoppers and Kin Ticks Spiders Scorpions Centipedes Millipedes

Calendar
Upcoming Events

Information, insects and people from the 2019 BugGuide Gathering in Louisiana, July 25-27

Discussion, insects and people from the 2018 gathering in Virginia, July 27-29

Photos of insects and people from the 2015 gathering in Wisconsin, July 10-12

Photos of insects and people from the 2014 gathering in Virginia, June 4-7.

Photos of insects and people from the 2013 gathering in Arizona, July 25-28

Photos of insects and people from the 2012 gathering in Alabama

Photos of insects and people from the 2011 gathering in Iowa


TaxonomyBrowseInfoImagesLinksBooksData
Photo#1064319
Mite

Mite
Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada
May 7, 2015
Size: .45 mm
I've been looking for an opportunity to video and photograph water mites since my first encounter with them on midges two years ago. I never did process that footage but I think I did better today. It appears these mites spin webbing on their hosts and it is plainly visible on the later sequence of five photos. Am I right about this?

I've posted a video to my Flickr account: https://www.flickr.com/photos/60839073@N04/16796611994/

Found with:


Images of this individual: tag all
Mite Mite Mite Mite Mite Mite Mite

Moved
Moved from Mites and Ticks.

water mite larva
This is a larval water mite (Prostigmata: Parasitengona: Hydrachnidia). There are many families that parasitize chironomids, so without a ventral view (you knew I'd say that!) the i.d. can't go much farther. The apparent silk is actually just long setae on the mite's coxae.

Cheers,
Heather

 
Thanks. I'm wondering what th
Thanks. I'm wondering what the purpose of all the leg movement is about as seen in the video. It seems like its working at something rather than just being unsettled. I'll dig out my older photos and compare them.

Comment viewing options
Select your preferred way to display the comments and click 'Save settings' to activate your changes.