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Mite ID

Mite ID
Norfolk, Virginia, USA
November 2, 2008
Size: ~.75mm
An Oribatid (I think) with protective flaps to cover legs.

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Moved from Galumnoidea.

oribatid mite
This looks like a species in the oribatid mite family Galumnidae. Note the large lateral pteromorphs that fold over and protect the legs when the mite is disturbed.

Moved from Mites and Ticks.

Wonderful -
nice crisp images of this minute bug, Scott! Thanks for photographing some of these oft-neglected arachnids - Bug Guide is relatively weak on mites and you are really helping to strengthen this part of BG! I'm sure one of our experts will help with the ID...

Thanks Kenneth....
I have more to process. I'm combing the leaf litter for any small critter that I can find. There are many many different kinds of mites! LOL, I just noticed that you can see my index finger and the front of my lens/flash reflected in its shell.

You said it!
If you get really into it, check out the Books tab under Mites - I've placed a pre-publication notice for the mite "bible" coming out in January...

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