||Tachinaephagus zealandicus wasp (male shown here), a promising parasitoid for fly control. Females of this species, common in the southern hemisphere, lay eggs inside fly larvae.
||Scanning electron microscopy allows mites to be viewed from different angles. This is an overhead view of the Lorryia formosa mite. Magnified about 200x. Digital colorization by Chris
||Historically, mites have been difficult to study because of their minute size. But now, ARS scientists are freezing mites in their tracks and using scanning electron microscopy to observe them in detail. Here a yellow mite, Lorryia formosa, commonly found on citrus plants, is shown among some fungi. Magnified about 850x. Digital colorization by Chris.
||canada thistle rust mite
||The rust mite (Aceria anthocoptes), here on Canada thistle, may have potential as a biological control agent of this weed. Magnified about 700x. Digital colorization by Chris .
||red and black flat mite
||The flat mite (Brevipalpus phoenicis) carries the leprosis virus in citrus, a disease currently in South America but moving north. Magnified about 150x. Digital colorization by Chris Pooley.
||The peacock mite (Tuckerella sp.), a beautiful but important pest on citrus is the Tropics, is shown on tea stem. Magnified about 65x. Digital colorization by Chris Pooley.
||straw itch mite
||A straw itch mite (Pyemotes tritici) on the back of a caterpillar. A major problem in stored grain, this mite is also a potential biocontrol agent. Magnified about 375x. Digital colorization by Chris Pooley
||The dust mite (Tyrophagus putrescentiae) is common on plant leaves and in stored grain and animal feed. Magnified about 100x. Digital colorization by Chris Pooley.