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Velvet Mite (Trombidium sp.)

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Order: Acari (AK-ar-ee) (Info)
Family: Trombidiidae
Genus: Trombidium
Species: sp.

Profile:

2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Regional...

This bug has been reportedly found in the following regions:

Saint David, Arizona
Freedom, Maine
Farmington, Michigan
Ellerbe, North Carolina
Bucyrus, Ohio
Corning, Ohio
Columbia, South Carolina

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Member Notes:

RatingAuthorContent
Positive DiOhio On Feb 2, 2008, DiOhio from Corning, OH
(Zone 6a) wrote:

These mites are easily recognized by their red coloring and velvety hair. Adults eat insect eggs, and larvae, known as red bugs, are parasites of insects, spiders, daddy-long-legs, and scorpions. Many are found in moist woods, others in deserts.
Velvet mite eggs are scattered on soil. Larvae find a host and begin to feed. Nymphs and adults are predacious.
These mites help keep the insect population in check, which makes them beneficial.

Positive Alda On Dec 1, 2009, Alda from Freedom, ME wrote:

We're in 5A at best and these Mites were found working a compost pile in November.

Timer: 42.07 jiffies (0.42072486877441).


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