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Fascinating. I didn't expect the mite to be so large. I was reading that the phoretic phase female is usually found under the sternites so it is amazing that you have that picture of one on the thorax. This article is really neat for all of us who didn't know much about this mite http://www.ask-force.org/web/Bees/Rosenk....
This has been our warmest November in years! Even so, the bug population has dropped 90%. We are so high here (more than 6000 feet) so our "winter" is cool (sometimes cold) and dry. Nothing like you though! I can always go down the mountain and find insects. I envy you your lichens and fungus!
So cool! I never would have believed this was a Millipede! Especially seeing it curled up like a Sowbug. I had to look it up to believe it! It is an interesting example of convergent evolution between species of two different subphyla!