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Sandia Mountains, Bernalillo County, New Mexico, USA
May 20, 2008
Size: 1 mm

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Red-Rough-Mite Red-Rough-Mite

Moved from Mites and Ticks.

The mite is in the Mesostigma
The mite is in the Mesostigmata, and the Uropodina within that. It looks like a species of Trachyuropodidae, species of which are normally associated with ants. - Barry

Great photo! I'm jealous! (I've tried photographing mites many times, but my techniques & simple equipment (i.e. a digital camera & microscope) mean my photos are of poor quality).

Thanks for that. I feel like I'm not yet getting the pics I want. This mite was in water and I was trying to take about ten photos through the microscope and put them together with z-stack. The specimen kept floating around a little so I had to start over a bunch of times. I'm also just doing digital camera and microscope- it's the z-stack that's getting the depth of field.

it certainly came out far better then what I get. ;)

Then again my lenses need cleaning & I don't know how to do that without disassembling my microscope (a feet & doubt I could do successfully without breaking it.)

By the way, what's a 'z-stack'?

I strip down my microscopes occasionally, but I had a career using lasers and all kinds of optics and feel very comfortable with them.
There is some free software available that works on a series of digital photos which you take of the specimen changing the focus each time. The software analyzes all photos and combines them into a single image, all in focus. This gets rid of the problem of very short depth of field which is caused by the microscope optics. The software is named CombineZM.exe
I think I got it from the site:
It is pretty easy to use.

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