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Thanks! There are so many species that nest in the ground - it's always worth taking a closer look at "ant hills" with very round bee or wasp-sized entrances.
Ants of some sort, I think - a big red queen and several smaller males.
It wasn't particularly large. Right now my best guess is birch shieldbug (Elasmostethus interstinctus), but I'm terrible at IDing these guys.
Too fat, though, I think. Maybe a mimic? Or maybe just a coincidence if you don't have ticks with that colouration where you are.
I'm probably imagining things, but those look a lot like ticks...
It's apparently a beetle larva (Carabidae or Staphylinidae), but if anyone knows what species, please let me know :)
Update: someone just told me this is a mite of the genus Anystis, a genus of generalist predatory mites.