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Photo#89288
Mite eating a Globular Springtail

Mite eating a Globular Springtail
Harvard, Worcester County, Massachusetts, USA
December 2, 2006
Size: 1.2mm

Moved
Moved from Mesostigmata.

likely Mesostigmata
Most of the brownish, sclerotized mites belong to the Order
Mesostigmata but it is obviously difficult to distinguish families from photos.

Dr. Eddie Ueckermann
Plant Protection Research Institute
Queenswood
Pretoria
South Africa

 
Amazing photo!
...But how does one recognize this mite as sclerotized. Is it the fact that it is not perfectly smooth, or has hair, or other?

 
It's its brownishness :-)
Most sclerotization shows up as a deepened color, typically tan/brown/almost black depending on extent or thickness.

 
Good to know!
That's something that should prove very helpful in recognizing differences between mites. I've not been able to capture very much detail on possible mites I have seen, but I'd still like to be able to recognize some of their traits, should I ever get lucky!

Moved
Moved from Mites and Ticks.

Moved
Moved from Mites.

Wow
!

 
Good little hunters
I saw a few of these mites running carrying something around, and wasn't able to make it out until I enlarged the pictures.

 
Nice
I have a newfound understanding of just how tiny globular springtails are!

 
Likely a young springtail
Most adult globular springtails, depending on species, would be as large as the mite. Some that Tom has photographed would be way larger.

 
Ah
Makes sense. I guess they are still pretty tiny anyway.

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