Guardian Nature School Team Contact Blog Project Noah Facebook Project Noah Twitter

A global community of nature enthusiasts
photographing and learning about wildlife

Join Project Noah!
nature school apple icon

Project Noah Nature School visit nature school

Red spider mites

Mesothrombium spp.

Description:

This was a very small trombidiforme estimated at about 2mm overall. Definitely quite a furry body (albeit wet?) I think puts it into the Mesothrombium genus.

Habitat:

On a huge log in a local national park. Conditions were extremely wet.

Notes:

These usually move relentlessly denying a good photograph. Reviewing the pics later I realised why this one remained still. It was feeding on some caterpillar-like victim. Lucky me.. unlucky grub. Actually I think there's a good chance the victim is a syrphid larva.

Species ID Suggestions



Sign in to suggest organism ID

2 Comments

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 2 weeks ago

Thanks Tukup. These tiny tiny critters mean dozens of shots are deleted so yes lucky that I took many dozens. ;-)

Tukup
Tukup 2 weeks ago

Great shot Mark. Definitely right place at the right time . . . and with your camera/phone ready. Thanks for sharing this.

Mark Ridgway
Spotted by
Mark Ridgway

Tremont, Victoria, Australia

Spotted on Mar 26, 2021
Submitted on Mar 27, 2021

Noah Guardians
Noah Sponsors

Join the Project Noah Team Join Project Noah Team