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Black body, Red head, 6 legs, 2 antennae

Black body, Red head, 6 legs, 2 antennae
Broussard, Louisiana, USA
February 27, 2011
Size: a few millimeters

possibly Penthaleidae --det. D.E. Walter

To me they most resemble spider mites (e.g., 401162, 96387), but I'm not confident they can be identified from this photograph. In what microhabitat did you find them... soil/litter, plants, house?

They were all over my daughte
They were all over my daughters swingset that I put up 2 weeks ago. I noticed that there were a bunch of clovers on the ground underneath the swingset. So, after researching, I think they are Clover Mites. I have since mowed the clovers down. Do you think they are clover mites? Thanks for the help. I find this website has been a great help.

My best guess would be Bryobiinae, which includes "clover mites," but if by "clover mite" you mean Bryobia (15752, 282776, 104243) then I don't think so. Your mites appear to have a rounder body shape than Bryobia. If these are bryobiines, then I think they're in a different genus (in which case, I'm not sure if the common name "clover mite" applies, even though they are found on clover). That said, the photo really isn't good enough to determine genus. Consider the images I noted in my previous reply... do they resemble your mites?

Thanks. I guess it is one of
Thanks. I guess it is one of those.

Cropped and moved for expert attention.
Moved from ID Request.

Most definitely mites. Maybe someone will be able to take the ID further.

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Those could be 8 long legs, like this mite has:

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