A tradition on many blogs is to present a picture of a mystery organism for readers to identify. Some bloggers have even been known to use creative cropping to ensnare and mislead their readers. Given the obscurity of my organisms, though, it wouldn’t be much fun putting up a mystery mite – seems unlikely anyone but a specialist would be able to guess the answer. That would not be very sporting and I wonder if anyone would even bother to make a guess.
In this case, however, I think the answer should be self-evident, so I’ll make this a bit more complicated. For 10 Macromite Points®*, name the organism and reason for its startling red colour. Here’s another hint – molecular characters support a surprising hypothesis of a relationship between the mystery and some very common organisms that are much more within my size comfort zone.
For 5 bonus points, name the pigment type used by the mystery above and the somewhat larger organism below for quite different purposes.
*100 points are good for one free mite identification!