But I can wait.
There are some interesting animals around now. This opilionid (harvestman) was resting on the wall in the shade of the patio. I've seen a few since I've been here, but this was the first one at close to eye height.
The abdomen was covered in a cluster of mites (the red blobs). A couple of mites were also attached to the legs.
Mites are common ectoparasites (external parasites) on arachnids and insects. They also occur on millipedes — you can often see them scurrying along a millipede's sides — and some land snails and slugs. The mites living on terrestrial molluscs are the most intriguing. Of course.The best known belong to the genus Riccardoella. These mites occur in Australia, but only on introduced snails and slugs. They don't appear to have made the
Oh, this started with an opilionid, didn't it? For the record, the harvestman's body was about 4mm long. The leg lengths were 1st 30mm; 2nd 55mm; 3rd 30mm; 4th 40mm. An ID would be welcome.