Can you identify this #486173 - Ask Extension


Can you identify this #486173

Asked September 21, 2018, 1:06 AM EDT

I found this on my arm. It is very tiny; like a spec of dirt. Would you know what this is? I also have a Quaker parrot and a cat. 

Dorchester County Michigan

Expert Response


That is a mite.  I can't make out what kind it is from the photo.  How many are you seeing?  You can send it to me if you like.

To preserve and protect fragile specimens, it’s always best to submit insects in a small leak proof vial filled with rubbing alcohol or vinegar (the postal service prefers you send them in vinegar).  Place the vial in a small zip-lock baggie, then in a small box or mailing tube and mail to

Diagnostic Services
578 Wilson Rd.
East Lansing MI 48824-6469

Be sure to include a note with your contact information including your email address.

You can download one of our submittal forms here:

Here is our location:

Regards, Howard

Howard Russell Replied September 21, 2018, 8:37 AM EDT

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