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Wednesday, January 23, 2019 G. Kins Inabeehive, WA

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This is a 1/4 inch or less pumpkin stem section viewed through a microscope. There is a mite, which is exceedingly tiny. There were many of these, and only one was large enough to be seen by the naked eye... Far smaller than a spider mite. I guess they came from the soil. Some of the soil I used was not frozen, but perhaps there could have been eggs or perhaps they can survive freezing. Anyhow... I had no clue about the hordes and never would have... if it wasn't for cutting some plants up to study the xylem and phloem... these guys we're an unexpected surprise. Some of the bundles of xylem and phloem are visible here also.

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