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. 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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    • 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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