I arrived here while looking for information on bee populations, which lead to ants, where I linked to mites. Needless to mention I’m mitey surprised to see the profoundly detailed pictures of these exotic lifeforms.
Being a senior, you might call me an organic web crawler, citizen I am once more overwhelmed by too much information. Especially after after experiencing the excellent documentation on the ant blog i just left.
What I am really looking for is studies on wild bees, wasps, and ants to see if they are affected by our changing environment like the European Honey Bee is.
Absolutely love this blog. Couldn’t find an e-mail address to get ahold of you, I have a couple of questions:
First, do you ever let us other writers/bloggers use your images? I’m not yet a scientist myself, but I write a lot about unusual animals for my site (by laymen, for laymen I guess), and would eventually like to do a massive list of mites with the most specific and surprising lifestyles. I wish I could find photos of Larvamimidae, have you ever seen any personally?
Second, there’s a sort of mite I have both read about and seen on a television documentary, but neither source was even scientific enough to give a name! It covers itself in detritus and preys upon other mites by apparently spitting out a string of mucus to reel them in. Maybe a few mites match this description…do any Latin names come to mind?
I often allow one-off use of my images with acknowlegements for educational purposes or for a commercial purpose (but then a fee is usually required). You can let me know here if there is an image you are interested in using and its purpose.
I’ve never seen a live larvamimid, alas.
I don’t know of any detritus-covered, mucus-spitting predatory mite. The only mucus-spitting predators I can think of are onychoporans (Peripatus etc.), but they aren’t mites and the ones I have seen have smooth cuticle. Some predatory mites do ‘spit’ silk to capture prey (e.g. Spinibdella), but they don’t cover themselves in detritus. As far as I know, the mites that do cover themselves in detritus are either fungivores or predators that use their chelicerae to capture prey. Maybe I should do a posting on detritus-covered mites.