Once prey is down, the tiny mite can jab in its sharp, hollow snout and suck its victim dry.
Strands of sticky silk help the snout mite snare its prey.
At the slightest touch, the soil-dwelling springtail can flick its fast-action forked tail and flip out of the mite’s reach.
Although the springtail can launch itself sky-high, the mite’s sticky trap keeps it earthbound. The mite’s sharp snout plunges in.
Angie Daly Morfeld
Nichole LeClair Terrill