Today I found a cluster of small arthropods on my Swiss chard growing in a raised bed. There seem to be several different types of arthropod. I could identify a few ants (not in photo). There there were many small round critters. Are these likely aphids?
Very interestingly, I was looking at the aphids with a 40x microscope and saw another very small arthropod moving among the aphids. Any idea what the very small arthropod is that was among the aphids?
small arthropods on leaves of Swiss chard
This is a mite, a tiny relative of ticks. From its appearance, it likely is a species that feeds on other small arthropods rather than plants.
THe others do look like aphids. Lucky you- having a predator there.