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EENY-183: Broad Mite, Polyphagotarsonemus latus (Banks) (Arachnida: Acari: Tarsonemidae)

Figure 2. Photographs of a female broad mite, Polyphagotarsonemus latus (Banks), on the surface of a pepper leaf. The (views from top to bottom: dorsal, left lateral, right lateral, front, rear) photographs were taken with a low temperature scanning electron microscope. The specimen was held on a new, hight-angle, azimuth rotation specimen holder and frozen in its natural position with liquid nitrogen. The USDA has a Build-A-Mite website http://www.ars.usda.gov/is/kids/weirdscience/story7/buildamite.htm where these five photographs can be copied, cut and folded to create a box that depicts the mite's three-dimensional shape.

Credit: Eric Erbe; digital colorization by Chris Pooley, USDA