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The Specimen

Arachnida (Mites and Spiders) Arthropod AdultArachnida (Mites and Spiders) Arthropod Adult View 2 PicturesWater mites are common in lakes and ponds but because they are so small they do not get noticed.These specimens are from temporary wetlands in Glacier National Park.
Collected July 20, 2010 from Various wetlands in Montana
Added to by on June 26, 2011

The Discussion

YannSeptember 19th, 2011, 10:16 am
Posts: 1
The second look like an arrenurus female
Jmd123September 19th, 2011, 1:32 pm
Oscoda, MI

Posts: 2145
I've seen a lot of large red water mites in [REDACTED] Pond while snorkeling there. They must not taste good to fish, probably one reason for the red color, as they are both very obvious and swim freely thorugh the water. I did see a water scorpion (Ranatra sp.) sucking on one of them in there, though...

No matter how big the one you just caught is, there's always a bigger one out there somewhere...

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