These are Red Mites from my garden.
Amazingly red - anti predation?
No interactions present.
They appear to be quite common as soil predators here. But I have seen loookalikes on the legs of Harvestmen (haven't I?)
There are very few Red Mite posts in iSpot and hardly any agreements.
I have stuck out my neck to give an ID but I have little to go on.
What then is the problem with IDing such a common little mite?
A year old question remains unanswered here http://www.ispot.org.uk/node/255342#comment-69623
Trombidium holosericeum NBN http://data.nbn.org.uk/imt/?mode=SPECIES&species=NHMSYS0020190735
yeilds only two UK records!
Eutrombidium rostratus NBN yields NO results
So, it seems there might be a blind spot here. Is anyone, particularly those who have ID-agreed to other Red Mite posts, prepared to come forward.
There's an impressive WebPic here (of E. rostratus) http://www.wildaboutbritain.co.uk/pictures/showphoto.php/photo/34381
and here (of T.holosericeum) http://eol.org/data_objects/5821668
...you've agreed without comment. Are you certain?
Is there something I should know? I really need to know more.
Have you read the comments?
There are quite a few common species of under-recorded groups currently not on the NBN. Until recently there were very few species of aphid for example. NBN relies on taxonomic experts submitting agreed checklists of species. There probably aren't too many mite experts around in the UK (even though they are of economic importance). Strange they have one species of Eutrombidium but not rostatus, probably the most common. Maybe they can't be reliably identified to species from a photo?
...as you see, I am attracting agreements. Interesting.
I imagine those who compile 'definitive' Regional or National Databases won't rely on photos, only reports from experienced observers. Even then, they are usually ratified by another.
The NBN records often contain records collected long before observers carried digital cameras!
Where are the Nation's Natural History Museums in all this, I wonder?
Thanks for your comment Jon.
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