Anystis


Belonging to a family called Anystidae, the “whirligig” mites, they are 1-1.5 mm long, and tend to run in a spiral-like fashion. They are long-legged and move quite rapidly, and predate on other mites and insects like aphids. I discovered this one in low herbage on a local woodland margin. I have only manged to confidently identify it to genus level, Anystis von Heyden, 1826.


All photos © Peter Hillman. Taken July 2021.