"Broad Mites"-Tarsonemidae


Polyphagotarsonemus latus

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Male broad mite carrying inactive female- Image provided by USDA-ARS Electron Microscopy Unit
Using leg IV and a specialized caudal attachment organ, an adult male carries around an inactive larval female.


Broad mite eggs- Image provided by USDA-ARS Electron Microscopy Unit
The eggs of P. latus are covered with wax-like domes. This is one of the most striking characters known for this species. It is useful for field identification, since these structures can be seen on the surface of the semi-translucent eggs using a 10-16X hand lens.



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