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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:

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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.


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.

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