Mighty Mite

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A close relation to the spiders and harvestmen, this mite is one of the Anystis sp. – known as the whirlygig mites. One of the slightly larger mites I have come across, it moves very rapidly across surfaces, hunting invertebrate prey. Notice how far back the eyes are.

20 thoughts on “Mighty Mite

    1. πŸ™‚ Thank you πŸ™‚ This is what I really like about macro photography. I could never see the details without getting up really close. These were virtually full frame, and cropped just to balance the images.

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  1. I’ve not encountered mites although I know they are related to the chiggers that plague so many to our south. I have seen spider mites which are a different creature I think. You did a nice job capturing these fast movers.

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    1. Thank you, Steve. Spider mites are the same, just a different way of describing them. Some would call these red spider mites, because of their colouring.

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  2. There was a breezeblock wall infested with these tiny red spiders I recall when I was almost as small, I never knew what they were called, what an excellent name! Great pic Pete.

    – Esme covered in tiny red spiders waving upon the Cloud

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      1. Ahhh, yes, I think you’re right, in a police line up I’d go with the latter. The Usual Red Mite Suspects. Hahahaha.

        – Esme not thinking all red mites look the same honest guv

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  3. This clearly shows the same behavior as some water beetles here that are called whirligig beetles. They move in fast, erratic spurts across the surface of the water, and it sounds as if your mite does the same: except on land.

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