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Don ­ Komarechka
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May 30, 2011 14:59 |  #1

I've seen these guys before - absolutely tiny red spider-like creatures that seem to never stop moving. I followed one with my lens until it stopped for a brief second and got a shot... question is, what are these little guys?

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May 30, 2011 15:12 |  #2

Looks like a trombiculid mite. Probably one of several varieties. They're also referred to as chiggers.

http://en.wikipedia.or​g/wiki/Trombiculidae (external link)


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May 30, 2011 15:14 |  #3

My first guess is chigger, but I could be way off.
That's an amazing photo though, if it is a bit creepy! I get itchy just looking at the thing.

[Edit: Ah, Virto beat me to the "post" button. Perhaps we're both correct.]


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May 30, 2011 16:02 |  #4

good one, dont offern see close up photos of these!


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May 30, 2011 16:07 as a reply to  @ spidermanrbryce2006's post |  #5

Never seen one of those, nice photo.




  
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Don ­ Komarechka
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May 30, 2011 16:34 |  #6

Thanks for all the comments, and now I have an ID! trombiculid mite. Appreciate the help!

Here's one more, I know I've seen photos of these guys on here before but for the life of me I can't remember what they are called:

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May 30, 2011 16:39 |  #7

Brilliant, I too wanted to know what they were.


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May 30, 2011 17:11 |  #8

Don Komarechka wrote in post #12505198 (external link)
Thanks for all the comments, and now I have an ID! trombiculid mite. Appreciate the help!

Here's one more, I know I've seen photos of these guys on here before but for the life of me I can't remember what they are called:

a Globular Springtail


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May 30, 2011 20:07 |  #9

Don, I was taking pics of this type critter just today, but I wonder what size beast yours was. I assume you used the MP-E 65mm, with the 5DII. Was it 5X mag? Here is the one I took at about 3 to 4X with no cropping. Just trying to figer how you got such a crisp pic.

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Don ­ Komarechka
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May 30, 2011 21:49 as a reply to  @ Pi_314's post |  #10

Pi_314, I did crop in significantly and the photo was taken with the MP-E 65mm @ 5x magnification. Here is a version before cropping for you to compare with:

IMAGE: http://don.komarechka.com/images/potn/red-full.jpg

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May 30, 2011 21:50 |  #11

racketman wrote in post #12505368 (external link)
a Globular Springtail

Perfect! Thanks so much!!!


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