I'm not sure what this is, but it appears to be a mite or a louse attached to a dung beetle. I'm hoping that someone out there can explain what this is.
Red Velvet Mite (Family Trombidiidae) photo = Mite,RedVelvet+moss_MAC_©DaveSpier_D028370iN
On a native oak.
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...