A parasitoid mite

This is a mite – probably a larva belonging to the Erythraeidae family. I picked it up from a harvestman (Acanthopachylus aculeatus, image here) the mite was parasitizing. I’d rather have used glass slides and coverslips but couldn’t find any here in Uruguay where I am right now.

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4 Comments Add yours

  1. laksiyer says:

    Pretty remarkable. If we get look into its gut, you might find a second parasite! Strange world.

  2. Manu Prakash says:

    Would love to see the spider you caught this mite on – I think I saw an incredible photo you posted of the same on Twitter.


  3. Saad bhamla says:

    Beautiful image!
    Was it moving/alive when you observed it?


  4. Thank you for your comments, @laksiyer, @Manu and @Saad!

    @laksiyer, you mean the dark blob inside the mite is a parasite?

    @Manu, it wasn’t a spider, it was a haverstman. I liked in the text to a picture I posted in Instagram. It’s here: https://www.instagram.com/p/BB3otYDJ4fx/

    @Saad, unfortunately it was already dead. I had to wait a few days to picture it and it died…


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