13th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Soil Soldier

Soil mites play important ecological roles, one of which is to recycle the nutrients and keep the soil healthy. They often surface from beneath the ground after heavy rainfall, to explore the forest floor.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 02.2014
Date Uploaded: 11.2015
Photo Location: Durham, North Carolina, United States of America
Camera: NIKON D800
Copyright: © Matthew Cicanese