I picked up 2 of these girls a few weeks ago. Once I'm sure they're girls, I'll start looking for a male. That should give them lots of time to mature.
(that's a springtail, not a mite)
It's hard to get decent pictures of them because they seem to always be wet (jump into the pond when they see me coming).
I'm still having a bit of trouble telling them apart, so I'm not really sure if these are all of the same one or not.
They're quite shy, VERY vocal if you even look at them, but cute as anything.
Their reproductive strategy has me wondering whether evolution really is about advantages, but I guess if it works, don't fix it.
(The girls have 2 ovaries and produce 2 eggs, but only lay one at a time. They've got one functioning oviduct, so the egg on the non-functioning side has to cross over to the good side before it can be laid. That means one egg per month. Does that make any sense??)
When I retire, I plan to sleep between naps.