Damaeid Mite

Class Arachnida (Arachnids)
Family Damaeidae (Damaeid Mites)

Damaeidae is a family of mites where most species live in plant litter, mosses, decaying wood and organic soil layers. The family is made up of fungivores where they play an important role in regulation of the density of fungi that is harmful to plants.

Nymphs are often found covered in debris to camouflage and protect themselves.

Found under loose bark in rear garden, South Staffordshire November 2020. © Peter Hillman.