We have a little water feature in our back yard which trickles over a small series of rocks before being cycled back to the top. It’s a source of a soothing background noise (babbling brook) when we are out in the porch plus it’s a magnet for bathing birds.
I’ve noticed a troubling development while cleaning this apparatus though. Great numbers of a tiny, crawling, swimming critter are unearthed every time IÂ move some rocks. They look like they belong in a B-movie.
Not knowing exactly what they were IÂ turned to an entomologist friend of mine. Although the beast in question is not an insect (entomology is the study of insects) he knew exactly what they were: water mites. Apparently they are harmless so IÂ have little to concern myself with in the way of home invasions, epidemics, exotic diseasesÂ or any otherÂ calamity conjured up in my rather imaginative brain.