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1plus1is10 Jan6-13 10:15 AM

Skin/hair bug looks like a lobster?
 
Years ago I remember watching a "documentary?" on TV about our skin or hair (my best guess is hair). It was about all of the microscopic "bugs" that live on us. And the best I remember, there was one that looked like a lobster.

Anyone know the name of this "bug"?
(I've tried Google with no success.)

Thanks

Borek Jan6-13 11:00 AM

Re: Skin/hair bug looks like a lobster?
 
Most likely some mite.

Rono Jan6-13 11:10 AM

Re: Skin/hair bug looks like a lobster?
 
Agree, it should've been a mite. Chelicerates are very related to crustaceans such as lobsters.

jim mcnamara Jan6-13 06:52 PM

Re: Skin/hair bug looks like a lobster?
 
There are two species of Demodex mites that live, breed, and die on our skin. One species lives most of it life head down in hair follicles, The other in oil glands, head down. Their wanderings are more pronounced at night. As you age you eventually develop your own personal load of these little guys.

Pictures and a "popular" version of these beasties:

http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/no.../#.UOoY9sU8CSo

Evo Jan6-13 07:23 PM

Re: Skin/hair bug looks like a lobster?
 
These are some of my favorites. http://www.google.com/search?rlz=1T4...&nfpr=&spell=1

OCR Jan6-13 10:15 PM

Re: Skin/hair bug looks like a lobster?
 
Quote:

Quote by 1plus1is10 (Post 4220216)
Anyone know the name of this "bug"?

Quote:

Quote by Borek (Post 4220253)
Most likely some mite.

Lol... that mite be a good pun??


OCR

Fredrik Jan9-13 04:26 PM

Re: Skin/hair bug looks like a lobster?
 
Quote:

Quote by jim mcnamara (Post 4220676)
There are two species of Demodex mites that live, breed, and die on our skin. One species lives most of it life head down in hair follicles, The other in oil glands, head down. Their wanderings are more pronounced at night. As you age you eventually develop your own personal load of these little guys.

Pictures and a "popular" version of these beasties:

http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/no.../#.UOoY9sU8CSo

Quote:

Quote by Evo (Post 4220704)

Thanks guys. My eyebrows and eyelashes have been itching constantly since I read your posts and clicked your links.

Borek Jan9-13 05:03 PM

Re: Skin/hair bug looks like a lobster?
 
Quote:

Quote by Fredrik (Post 4224000)
Thanks guys. My eyebrows and eyelashes have been itching constantly since I read your posts and clicked your links.

You should be glad its eyebrows and eyelashes, there are other animals that we could link to.


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