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Is there an acarologist in the house?

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These egg-shaped doobies were swimming all around in the centimeter of water in the bird bath. I'd seen similar swimmers in water that I'd treated for mosquitoes. I suspect--without any real facts--that these are mites that come along and multiply to eat up the detritus left from the dearth (and death?) of the mosquitoes.

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ungulata
Aug. 10th, 2014 12:13 am (UTC)
I don't know what your magnification is, but I suspect that what you have there are ostracods ("clam shrimp").
urbpan
Aug. 10th, 2014 02:11 am (UTC)
"The drought-resistant eggs can remain viable after passing through the intestines of birds, which allows them to colonize new sites."

Well thanks for that!
ungulata
Aug. 10th, 2014 10:08 am (UTC)
Ostracods are neat. ^_^

edit: oops, not "clam shrimp", ostracods are "seed shrimp".

Edited at 2014-08-17 02:12 pm (UTC)
wirrrn
Aug. 10th, 2014 07:46 am (UTC)

Ostracods for sure
drhoz
Aug. 11th, 2014 11:00 am (UTC)
Yup, definitely seed shrimp
ungulata
Aug. 17th, 2014 02:16 pm (UTC)
Oops. You're right. Different orders but they sure look similar. Calling ostracods "clam shrimp" was wishful thinking on my part since they look like swimming clams. -_-
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