Santa Barbara County, California, US
Locality: NEW ZEALAND AK, Auckland Central, 17 Eden Crescent
Habitat: Allocasuarina sp., probably Allocasuarina torulosa. Roadside frontage. Cultivated female tree.
I don't know what type it is but it looked like a dog tick. I was just sitting down and was actually on iNat when out of the corner of my eye saw something walking. Sorry for the horrible picture. It wouldn't stop moving and this was the best out of the 20 pics.
When me and my nephew first spotted this mite, I thought that it was guarding it's eggs. After reviewing the picture and reading up on them, it turns out that it was harvesting the hatching eggs. If you look close at the lower edge of eggs you'll see that they are hatching and the mite is on the move.
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...