claw of a mite

If the key to happiness is appreciating the little things in life, then take a moment to appreciate the claw of a microscopic mite only 600 um long. It’s from a new species discovered in the soil of a chestnut plantation where they use their nubbles and knobs (technically known as palettes) to “swim” through the soil in search of… well, we don’t quite know what yet. But something tasty.

Check out more images of these amazing critters in Jennifer Frazer’s post on The Artful Amoeba: New Worm-Like Mite Features Extraordinary Upholstery

Image in the public domain.