Mites and Ticks (Acari)

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Red Velvet Mite
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Western Black Legged Tick
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American Dog Ticks

Most mites are so small, they are rarely seen except under a microscope. Most ticks, though, especially when engorged with blood, are easily seen. This order includes dog ticks, chiggers, and mites that cause scabies and mange. Mites and ticks are parasitic and may feed on hair, blood, and other parts of birds and mammals, though they are also found in great numbers in soil, on plants, and in water. Acari are the oldest land animal on the planet. Most Acari have eight legs like other arachnids, though some mites have lost some of these. Many species do not have eyes.

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