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Velvet Mite

Velvet Mite
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Copyright: Rimantas Kisielius (rimas) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 157 W: 3 N: 667] (5094)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-05-21
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 300 D, Canon EF 28-105
Exposure: f/14.0, 1/400 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-06-16 8:47
Viewed: 3616
Points: 2
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is Trombidium holosericeum called Velvet Mite.If not the vivid colour it would be very hard to see them, cause they have only about 3-5 mm in size. Like other mites, they have no antennae. The front pair of legs are used as feelers to check where they're going. They will suck blood from a gnat or grasshopper, for instance, sometimes hitching a ride with several other mites. When red velvet mites become nymphs and then adults, they take to the soil to devour much smaller prey, including other mites and their eggs, the eggs of insects and snails, and primitive wingless insects. Unlike their brethren the chigger and the tick, the velvets keep their mouthparts off of humans.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-06-16 9:45]

Very interesting post Rimantas. I like picture, it is maybe slightly too soft but probably you cropped it hard. How big this mite was? I bet that about 2-3mm. Nice colours and very informative note. Good work!

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