Miniscule Mite - the size of a large pin head - Rarely ever seen

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UploadedFebruary 10, 2010
TakenMarch 19, 2008
ModelCanon EOS 40D
Exposure1/60 sec at f/4
FlashCompulsory Flash
Focal Length60 mm
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This specie of mite, to my knowledge, has never been photographed in the wild..In accordance with Australia's CSIRO it didn't even exist where photo was taken. They have it recorded some 1000 miles south and indigenous to that location. According to their most eminent expert they weren't even aware this specie was found that far north of it's normal habitat. Once in awhile we get a 15 minutes chance to everlasting satisfaction.

Photo was taken with Canon D40 w/ EFS 60mm macro f2.8 hand held with flash actuated in deep rain forest and took me at least half and hour to take..I took 3 pix this was the best by far. The creature was light sensitive and revealed itself only if shadowed. It was shear luck that I had glanced into a hidden crevice to glimpse it's iridescent movement.

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  • s w

    s w gave props (9 Feb 2010):

    great macro shot! love the details

  • James Parks

    James Parks said (12 Feb 2010):


    SPECIE Eriorhynchus walteri from CSIRO Entomology Australia

    "It is hard to gauge these things especially with creatures as small as this. That statement is most likely based on records within a collection. Your mite was identified by the only mite expert in Australia who actually described that particular mite, so I would be inclined to believe him. It was also mentioned that if it wasn't that exact species it is definitely the same genus Eriorhynchus."


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