More Than 70 New Species of Water Mites Discovered via DNA and Color Markings

torrenticola mites

By Samuel Bolton, Ph.D. Picture a bubbling brook, gurgling over a hard bed of rocks and gravel. As a child, you were drawn to explore that strange and stony world, replete as it was with all manner of unfamiliar life forms. Freshly imbued with an unbridled curiosity for all things new, you were a natural […]

A New Taxon for Worm-Like Mites: Eriophyoidea and Nematalycidae

Aceria anthocoptes

By Samuel Bolton Eriophyoidea, the superfamily of arthropods commonly known as gall mites (though not all of them form galls) or four-legged mites (though not all mites with four legs are in Eriophyoidea), are worm-like mites that are important and sometimes devastating parasites of plants. These mites represent one of the largest and earliest adaptive […]

Bursting With Babies: Bizarre Reproduction Contributes to Mite’s Rapid Population Growth

Luciaphorus perniciosus mite

By Meredith Swett Walker Parenthood can be rough for many species, but imagine if reproducing meant having your abdomen swell grotesquely to house dozens of offspring. While inside you, these squirmy offspring reach their full adult size and sexual maturity. In fact, they even mate—with each other—while in your bloated belly, then burst forth ready […]

Get to Know Tropilaelaps Mites, Another Serious Parasite of Honey Bees

Tropilaelaps clareae

By Josh Lancette The plight of honey bees is well documented, as is the cause of much of their grief: parasitic mites. Varroa destructor gets the largest amount of attention as the most devastating parasite of European honey bees (Apis mellifera), but other serious parasitic mites exist as well. In a new review article published […]

New Chigger Mite Species Found In Brazil

Chigger mites in the genus Blankaartia are known to preferentially parasitize birds, but occasionally they can also be found on rodents, bats, and reptiles. Scientists in Brazil have reported the presence of mites in this genus for the first time in their country, and they have discovered a new species called Blaankartia shatrovi. The name […]