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Red spider mites

Mesothrombium spp.


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.


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


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.

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Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 8 months ago

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

Tukup 8 months ago

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

Mark Ridgway
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Mark Ridgway

Tremont, Victoria, Australia

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

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