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Comic #3522

1 Steve: Right, now we just have to find some of those mites, and I'll teach 'em a lesson!
2 Terry: You really think wrestling a few mites will teach all of them not to bother bees any more?
3 Terry: They'd have to communicate and have a sense of self-awareness.
4 Terry: They're just mindless arachnids!
4 Jane Goodall: Look. Mite runes.

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I almost made the mistake of having Terry call the mites "mindless insects", but that very phrase triggered warning bells in my mind and I was wary enough to check. Mites are indeed arachnids, members of the eight-legged arthropod class that includes spiders, scorpions, ticks, and a few other weird critters.

Interestingly, the spider-like animals we commonly know as "daddy-longlegs" are not spiders. They are part of a distinct order of arachnids called Opiliones, whereas spiders are of the order Araneae.

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