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red velvet mite

red velvet mite
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Copyright: joaquin portela (jokin) (47)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-12-16
Categories: Insects
Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC FZ30, Raynox DCR250
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/200 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Mimicry, Insects around the world, Micromundo [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-12-17 15:21
Viewed: 4941
Points: 4
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [Spanish]
Class: Arachnida
Order: Acarina
Leach, 1817
Family:trombidiidae(velvet mites)
Specie:trombidium sp.
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  • sgo Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 137 W: 32 N: 239] (718)
  • [2006-12-18 3:53]
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Hi Joaquin,
This is a very good picture of a Velvet Mite (Trombidium sp.). Perhaps you've got more pictures from other angles? For more information, you can search further under Arachnida, Acarina and Trombidiidae on the net.
Thank you very much for this valuable contribution,

Hello Joaquin,
this is quite an unusual close-up of remarkably good quality as we have to bear in mind the very small size of the Velvet Mite - possibly no more than 1 or 2mm in lenth - and its restless and rapid motion. I tried to capture that crimson coloured speedster several times bit I never succeeded to get that close.
With thanks, and best regards,

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