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Mites on Snail Shell

Mites on Snail Shell
Harrisonburg, Rockingham County, Virginia, USA
January 4, 2011
Size: ~0.5 mm
I noticed these little black mites on a snail shell under a bag of composting leaves in the garden. During post-processing, I thought one of the mites appeared to be molting, and I wondered what the odd structure near the legs was, but after looking through more BugGuide images I found the Galumnidae, which have "side-shields" like this and I think the second mite is just hanging on the snail shell sideways.

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Heather Proctor: "Galumnidae is a very good guess
"...I'm cc'ing Dave [Walter] for confirmation"

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