Bronze Mite from Vasquez Rocks
Tue, Apr 21, 2009 at 4:07 PM
While hiking in the Vasquez Rocks north of Los Angeles, I saw an absolutely remarkable flash of bronze scurry over a rock. The image does not do it justice by any stretch of the imagination. Although very small, the totally metallic sheen on this guy made him stand out quite conspicuously in the bright sun. Would you happen to know what this one is? Velvet mites were everywhere but this one was much bigger; about 2.5mm in diameter. Thanks in advance!
Vasquez Rocks, California

Unknown Mite

Unknown Mite

Hi Adriano,
While it looks different from the Velvet Mites or Angelitos we often get photos of, we suspect your unidentified Mite is closely related.  Perhaps an acarologist will write in with a proper identification.

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2 Responses to Unknown Mite from Vasquez Rocks

  1. bmoc says:

    This is a species in the family Erythraeidae. There is a great diversity of these mites in dry areas in the southwestern United States.

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