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red velvet mite

Trombidium

Description:

Fuzzy, brilliant red insect, about 1.5 cm long, crawling on rock.

Habitat:

Sonoran Desert, rocky hillside.

Notes:

I mis-identified this as an ant or wasp, at first, but thanks to suggestions, I see that it is really a mite.

1 Species ID Suggestions

Spider mite
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4 Comments

DonnaTang
DonnaTang 6 years ago

Thanks, Aaron. I thought it was pretty cute, too!

Aaron_G
Aaron_G 6 years ago

This is definitely a mite, and a good-looking one at that! :-)

DonnaTang
DonnaTang 6 years ago

I agree with you, John, about it not being a velvet ant. Its proportions are more like a spider than an ant, and it was totally red, including the legs. I'll have to look up "spider mites" and see how they match. Thanks for the suggestion!

JohnStrickland
JohnStrickland 6 years ago

Ido not believe that to be a velvet ant or cow ant. Even if it was a young ant the proportions would be different. Mutillidae do not have red hair on their legs.

DonnaTang
Spotted by
DonnaTang

Tucson, Arizona, USA

Lat: 32.20, Long: -110.69

Spotted on Jul 10, 2012
Submitted on Jul 10, 2012

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