Mites Wearing Crash Helmets

Euzetes globulus

This strange, tiny mite is around 1 mm long and goes by the name of Euzetes globulus. I spotted this one feeding on the underside of a piece of loose bark. It appears to be wearing a crash helmet with a fancy pale trim. I experimented by reversing a Nikon 18-55 mm to get this shot, and you can get real close to the subject, but it can be quite the challenge to focus and is a bit hit and miss with the results.

You get a peak under the hood with this one, and can see just how reflective their ‘helmets’ can be. I used a new Raynox conversion lens mounted on my Sigma 105 mm macro lens for this shot and the one below. The Raynox MSN-202 super macro conversion lens gets you up closer than the Raynox DCR 250, and is more preferrable than using a reverse mounted lens.

This one stopped for a bite to eat, and the eyes appear red. It appears to have many horns. Stange beasts indeed, and I am glad they only come in one size! But apparently they play an important role in soil biodiversity, and feed on fungi.

24 thoughts on “Mites Wearing Crash Helmets

    1. Because the depth of field is so narrow and focusing is around 1 mm either way it is down to Lady Luck how the shots may turn out πŸ™‚

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  1. Great find and shots Peter! It is difficult to get something moving in focus with such small focusing distances, you’ve done well. Focus bracketing (and stacking for still subjects) can help if your camera has the ability. I’ve heard of the Raynox but went for two sets of Pixco extension tubes first instead as they were pretty cheap – they don’t have any glass. I understand they can be used together for extreme macro.

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    1. Thank you πŸ™‚ They are a real challenge as they are always on the move. I have tried extension tubes in the past but now prefer to use the Raynox which seem to give sharper results.

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  2. Wow, the shine on that helmet is something! You definitely got some hits for your efforts, Pete, with amazing detail on such a tiny thing. And yes, one size is plenty!

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  3. You may have been away for a while but you are certainly bringing us down to the tiny creatures of our world with a bang. This one is fascinating to see.

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    1. Ha ha ha! πŸ™‚ Never thought of that, lol! I will never look at them the same again πŸ™‚ I will be looking to see if they carry little lightsabers πŸ˜‰

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  4. Welcome to the mites’ demolition derby, folks. Those crash helmets are all the protection they need. πŸ™‚ These are some shiny dudes, Pete.

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