Chuluota Wilderness Area, Seminole County, FL, May 2014. Bioblitz.
Phoretic mite on burying beetle
Red predatory mite unknown ID
White ticks found on my dog
Thought to be P. herfsi, not available in iNat. Assumed to be hosted on Magicicada present in neighborhood. Much cicada flagging on trees here.
Acari (or Acarina) are a taxon of arachnids that contains mites and ticks. The diversity of the Acari is extraordinary and its fossil history goes back to at least the early Devonian period. As a result, acarologists (the people who study mites and ticks) have proposed a complex set of taxonomic ranks to classify mites. In most modern treatments, the Acari is considered a subclass of Arachnida and is composed of two or three superorders or...