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Subject: What is the bug
Location: Singapore
February 21, 2016 2:59 am
Hi,
Found these bugs developed in my fish food when it is left opened for few weeks. Please help to identify it.
Regards
Signature: TS

Mite

Mite

Dear TS,
This is a Mite in the Superorder Acariformes, but we haven’t the ability to provide anything more specific.

Subject: Weird tiny bugs I occasionally see on my phone
Location: Dallas, tx
February 16, 2016 7:04 pm
No idea what these are. Have seen them here and there throughout the house but never in groups. They’re always the same tiny size and hard. When crushed no blood seems to show.
We live in a house in dallas. Nice neighborhood. No cleanliness issues.
Please tell me what this bug is.
Signature: Ryan

Mite

Mite

Dear Ryan,
This is some species of Mite.  For many years we have been receiving reports of Mites associated with computers and other electronics.

Subject: Mysterious bug
Location: El paso living room
February 10, 2016 8:16 pm
I am concerned for my dog and family and would like to know if serious.
Signature: Don’t know

MIte

Mite

This is a Mite, and some species are parasitic on pets, birds and a variety of other creatures, but we do not believe this is a Parasitic Mite.  Other Mites are predators.  Mites tend to be very host specific.  We do not believe this particular Mite is cause for concern, but we are not experts in Mites.

Subject: Is this a Spider?
Location: Uniondale, South Africa
January 12, 2016 12:54 am
Hi there.
I saw this little guy just outside Uniondale, South Africa.
He was running quite fast and taking a picture was a difficult task.
As you can see from one of the pictures it isn’t a very big insect.
It has 8 legs and the back legs each had a hairy puffy section on it and what looked like “feather-like” fan right at the end of it.
When my friend picked it up the wind actually swept it away quite easliy so maybe that is the function of the back legs looking like that.
I hope you can help me in identifying it.
Thanks
Signature: Dante Beyers

Harvestman, we believe

Mite

Dear Dante,
This is not a spider, and we believe because of the structure of the body, that it is a Harvestman in the order Opiliones, but try as we might, we cannot find any matching images online that include tufted back legs.  Even iSpot does not have any similar looking Harvestmen.  Perhaps one of our readers will assist us in finding a matching image.

Harvestman, we believe

Mite

Correction:  Mite not a Harvestman
Thanks to Christopher who provided a link to a Turkish posting of a Mite,
Eatoniana plumipes, we have to retract our original guess.  The Ohio State University site does place the species in South Africa.

Subject: Spider/Unknown Arachnid
Location: Southern California (near the coast, urban area)
January 8, 2016 11:52 am
Hello, i’ve enjoyed your site for a while now, and just now decided i’d write a letter of my own. Thankfully, I can use correct grammar! I recently (about half a year ago) started getting into photography, and eventually got a nice camera and some lenses, one of which is a Micro Nikkor 60mm macro lens, and I really enjoy it. I’ve loved insects and other arthropods for a long time, and frequently do small bits of research for fun. However, late November last year I noticed many of these tiny red spots moving around my school’s campus here in Los Angeles. Looking closer, I noticed they were actually tiny arachnids. At least, I think they are arachnids. I tried to do a small bit of looking-up, but couldn’t find anything, so now I ask you. What the heck are these? Apologies for the somewhat annoying image, it was the best I could get with how small the things are.
Also, I wanted to include a spider I found in my driveway mid-November or so. Thought this one would be much easier to identify. Whether you choose to do both or just one is completely up to you! I’d just be glad to know what they are. Again, i’d like to apologize if the images are difficult to decipher. I fully understand.
-Igguks, a fan
Signature: Jaden Igguks

Whirligig Mite

Whirligig Mite

Dear Igguks,
We received the following correction on a 2006 posting we titled Predatory Running Mite: “I think you have these confused with species in the family Anystidae, genus Anystis. Both of these mites are relatively large (for mites!), red in color, and commonly occur in aggregations. Anystis are the very fast moving, predatory mites. Their body is almost circular in outline. They run in what appears to be a random fashion until they encounter small arthropod prey. These are harmless to people.”  BugGuide refers to the Mites in the genus
Anystis as Whirligig Mites and we believe that is the correct identification for your Predatory Running Mites.

Wow, thank you very much! It’s actually very interesting to me to find mites around here, especially ones this large. I checked again a few days ago and they’re still all over the place, even in this cold weather. Your fast reply surprised me immensely, and i’d like to once again thank you. I look forward to hearing about the spider!

Subject: Infested Beetle
Location: grand rapids michigan
May 15, 2015 11:21 pm
I found this beetle on a log after dark. Its about the size of an index fingernail and just about as flat as one. The thing that I found really interesting is that its belly is covered with what appear to be aphids. At first I thought they were eggs or offspring but they really look like aphids, and they don’t resemble their host whatsoever. It doesn’t move much and seems content to just sit there… Hopefully you find this as interesting as I do.
Signature: dave

Clown Beetle

Clown Beetle

Dear Dave,
This very distinctive Beetle is a Clown Beetle, probably in the genus
Hololepta, and it is carrying Phoretic Mites, Neolobogynium americana, that use the mobility of the beetle to be transported from location to location to gain access to food.

Clown Beetle (ventral view) with Phoretic Mites

Clown Beetle (ventral view) with Phoretic Mites