I did some research and yes you are correct, once they mature they should drop back in the water lay eggs and cycle continues. I think the latin the name of these mites is Arrenurus Trombidiidae.I believe those are actually mites, not ticks. More specifically — those are larvae of red velvet mites.
Thank you. I used Minolta MD Macro 50mm f3.5 lens and Minolta 1:1 adapter for this one. Here is another two from the same day.I was trying to get an evern better view of the mites, but than I spooked it.That is pretty awesome. What lens?
That's funny because we called the damsels "sewing needles" and had the same myth.When I was a kid we called them "knitting needles" and the story was they'd sew up your lips if you weren't careful. I have no idea where that came from, but it is a distinct and colorful memory of childhood.