He is a 9 month baby
Two large masses of these sheltering just below two wooden pegs on opposite sides of an outdoor chair.
NEW ZEALAND ND, Te Paki, Radar Bush, native bush, pitfall trap 3, Aug-Sep 2006, O. Ball.
Mites on this carabid (Mecodema sp.). In addition to the three visible in this photograph, the legs of a fourth mite are visible on the other side of the beetle in another photograph.
ALWAYS fun to find a little tick, especially one this small!
These were all over the weevil. Zoom in on the side of the weevil and you can see a fuzzy image of one crawling up the side of it.
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...