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Chess on The Grand Hotel porch
Beach on the Pacific Ocean island of Easter Island
The garden's lions
Relaxing at lake's edge
Doll’s Head washes up in a creek in Georgia.
Abandoned bus near a deserted salt mine in the desert, dramatic clouds
Umbrella man
The amazing Natural History Museum in London
abandoned bus near a deserted salt mine in the desesrt in Chile
Hidden deer
Raftsman
Cave mite (Ornithodoros sp.)
abandoned bus near a deserted salt mine in the desert, at sunset
Canal in Utrecht, Netherlands, on a foggy day
Chai vendor
Undocumented
Día de los Muertos: A Celebration of Life in Guatemala
Hot air ballons over reno
Canal in Groningen, in the north of the Netherlands, in the evening
Hot air ballons over reno
Night rituals
Groningen, Netherlands, in the late afternoon sun
Hot air ballons over reno
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Cave mite (Ornithodoros sp.)

The mites are one of the largest arachnid groups, with about 30000 known species, and scientists estimate that hundreds of thousands species are yet to be discovered. They are little sized (the vast majority is less than 2 mm width), what have allowed them to fill an unparalleled number of habitats and ecological niches, some of them unavailable to bigger animals. Mites can be predators, parasites, detritivores and even herbivores and fungivores. The free life species inhabit several terrestrial habitats, including litter, rotten wood and organic detritus, moss, insect and small mammals nests’ and soil. There are also fresh water and marine species. With all these characteristics, the mites certainly have an important role in ecosystems and actively participate of our lives, even if we can barely see them!

TAGS: Brazil, Cave, Macro, Wildlife

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Belo Horizonte, Brazil
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Image Source: digital
Date Taken: 07.2016
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Date Uploaded: Nov. 22, 2017, 5:20 p.m.
Camera Make: Canon
Camera Model: Canon EOS 50D
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