A blob of Red Jelly

Well not quite – it is an Oribatid mite found in soil under a clay flower pot. They are also called Beetle Mites or Moss Mites. The order Oribatida has species which range from 0.2 mm long to 1.4 mm (1/128 in to around 1/16 in) long … and this is somewhere inbetween.

These very small mites occur in soil and humus, and occasionally on tree trunks and foliage. They are mostly harmless and play a role in breaking down organic matter. Amongst the most numerous soil arthropods, these mites are important in the development of soil fertility.

This one is so well polished you can almost see my reflection in it.

Oribatida sp.

Oribatida sp

23 thoughts on “A blob of Red Jelly

  1. When I first read you explanation, I misread it as that they “occur in soil and humans,” and I’m very glad that I re-read it more carefully. Actually, we can see your reflection–or, at least, your silhouette. Seems like a lot of effort just to get a selfie. The reflected image is like that from a fish-eye lens. Good stuff!

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    1. Many thanks, Gary ๐Ÿ™‚ I think it got more of my lens diffuser than anything else. Yep, good job they don’t live in humans, indeed! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  2. A mighty mite. Seeing your reflection reminds me of the frog’s eye shots I get. A fraction of a millimeter. That’s tiny and I bet it has its own even tinier pests.

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