Subclass Acari: The Mites & Ticks


Bdellidae Snout Mite

Bdellidae Snout Mite discovered in garden. 9th June 2019. © Peter Hillman

Parasitidae

Parasitidae family, discovered in garden. 1st September 2020. © Peter Hillman


Ticks and Mites belong to the class Arachnida, the arachnids, which include the spiders, harvestmen and the pseudoscorpions. Many members of Acari are microscopic, whilst others are larger reaching up to 20 mm in length. The mites are mostly free-living creatures and are not parasties, although some are, as are the ticks, which can suck the blood of most animals and pass on diseases such as Lyme disease.

Acarines are extremely diverse. They live in practically every habitat, and include aquatic and terrestrial species. They outnumber most other arthropods found in soil, organic matter and leaf litter.


Family Eriophyidae (Gall mites)


Red Pustle Mite (Aceria aceriscampestris)

Red Pustle Mite
(Aceria aceriscampestris)

Eriophyes laevis

Eriophyes laevis
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Aceria macrochela

Aceria macrochela
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Aceria nalepai

Aceria nalepai
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Sycamore Felt Gall (Aceria pseudoplatani)

Sycamore Felt Gall
(Aceria pseudoplatani)

Aceria macrorhyncha

Aceria macrorhyncha
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Family Bdellidae (Snout mites)


Bdellidae Snout Mite

Bdellidae Snout Mite


Family Erythraeida


Balaustium sp.

Balaustium sp.


Family Eupodidae


Eupodes

Eupodes sp.


Family Ceratozetidae (Ceratozetoid mites)


Ceratozetidae

Ceratozetidae


Order Oribatida (Oribatid mites)


Oribatida sp.

Oribatid Mite


Family Parasitidae (Predatory mites)


Poecilochirus carabi

Poecilochirus carabi


The Unidentified


Red Spider Mite

Red Spider Mite