Predatory Mite (Poecilochirus sp) on carrion beetle (Nicrophorus investigator)
Heralds Beacon Islet, Mellish Reefs
Spotted 3 after a heavy rain at Dreamy Draw Park on trail #220.
tiny and speedy
Red and fast runner! Found among ants in dirt road.
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...