Mites are a group of small organisms that belong to the sub-class Acari (along with the ticks) in the class Arachnida.
There are over 40,000 described species of mite and scientists believe that this represents less than 5% of the actual number of mite species. Mites have a very diverse variety of habits ranging from parasitic mange mites to free-living mites in the soil.
You even have mites living in the hair follicles on your head.
The Rust Mite (Aceria anthocoptes), a potential biological control agent of the weed, Canada Thistle. Magnified 1,400X.
Photograph by Erbe & Pooley: United States Department of Health and Human Services.
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