Mites are either very small or microscopic, which enables them to thrive unnoticed by larger animals. They are closely related to spiders and have eight legs with a distinct gap between the second and third pair.
Mites that feed on pollen gather on flowers in spring. Most mites go unnoticed due to their small size.
Mites feed on mold, pollen, plant cells, and animal skin or blood.
Widespread in all habitats. Many species live in the soil or water. Parasitic mites live on plants, animals, and even humans.