One of The Smallest

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This is one of the smallest mites I have come across. I discovered it by simply lifting up a small plant pot. And once disturbed they never stay still for a second, so you have to try and focus and snap them on the move. In fact, I can only see them when they move.

I have manged to get them down to genus which Eupodes. They are one of the trombid mites (Order Trombidiformes), and are so small they are usually measured in ยตm (micrometres). Even with the Raynox conversion lens I have had to crop these images. They are around 0.2-0.5 mm in length. Quite distinctive mites with pinkish legs and antennae, and pinkish longitudinal dorsal stripes which varies in width. Seen all year round in soil, leaf litter and amongst mosses – or even sheltering under plant pots.

8 thoughts on “One of The Smallest

  1. I’ve tried shooting the tiny insects with the panning technique. You will notice that I have never posted one so that’s a hint as to my success. ๐Ÿ™‚ One of the tiniest and prettiest with that color combination.

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  2. Well done, Pete. Just seeing these tiny mites must be considered amazing, let alone capturing them in focus with a camera lens, almost miraculous. ๐Ÿ™‚

    I’ll bet this is one of those occasions when practice, practice and more practice is the key (together with a little bit of luck ๐Ÿ˜€ ).

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