Bdellid Snout Mite

Bdellidae Snout Mite
Bdellidae Snout Mite

Class Arachnida (Arachnids)
Subclass Acari (Mites & ticks)
Order Trombidiformes (Trombid mites)
Family Bdellidae (Snout mites)

This tiny mite is amongst one of the first mites ever to be described. They are medium to large sized predatory mites which are readily recognized by an elongated, snout-like gnathosoma and by elbowed pedipalps bearing 2 long terminal setae.

They feed on other arthropods like springtails, small insects and other mites, including their eggs. They harpoon their prey with a jet of saliva and attach it to the substrate with silk threads like shrouds.

Seen all year round, found in most habitats, including gardens, inhabiting soil, leaf litter and leaves.

Discovered in rear garden, South Staffordshire. © Peter Hillman.