A mite's foot

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A mite's foot

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A recently collected Carrion Beetle (Burying beetle; Sexton Beetle) Nicrophorus sp. (Fam: Silphidae) was loaded with mites as is usual. One mite died with its legs relatively well extended and with the tips of a couple of legs 'spread' as opposed to 'collapsed'.
These feet differ from those of insects and are quite different from the feet of a spider's foot I have. They seem more like suction discs than claws.
Top: 40x SPlan + 1.25x intermediate lens + 2.5x NFK projection eyepiece, DIC; D600; ZS PMax stack
Middle: Mite, dorsal
Bottom: spider claw, for comparison
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” I suppose you are an entomologist ? “
” Not quite so ambitious as that, sir. I should like to put my eyes on the individual entitled to that name.
No man can be truly called an entomologist,
sir; the subject is too vast for any single human intelligence to grasp.”
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr
The Poet at the Breakfast Table.

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