These velvet mites were common on open ground and along animal trails in Maddin Prairie.
A good reminder not to go prancing around off-trail. Fairly large, as ticks go.
This photo was taken on the 17th may, during the DCP Expedition Photowalk, The Great Nature Project.
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...