As weird as this may seem, I find it disturbing that a spittle bug can be infected with a mite. Spittle bugs are about 1/4" long if that. Probably about 1/8" wide. They're not very big. How in the world can a mite latch onto that. I can't even figure out if there's a benefit for the mite. Although, as you can see, there is quite the difference in size, so perhaps there is some nutritional value there. The other thing I find disturbing is the two photographs below are taken from different sides of the hopper. If I had noticed the mite, when I took the photograph, I would've checked. However, unless the one mite moved while I was taking pictures, this hopper is actually infested with two mites. Ewwww!
I find the whole thing disturbing because I believe it proves my theory that the world is shrinking. We don't have to worry about cockroaches inheriting the earth, they'll be gone, too. It'll be mites, viruses, bacteria, fungi and algae.