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please i.d. bug in photo
Location: Ohio
April 8, 2011 9:51 pm
I took this picture snowdrops (the flower) in Dayton, Ohio at a park. This red bug was crawling on the stem. Can you identify it?
Signature: Kathy Shafer

Velvet Mite

Hi Kathy,
This is a Velvet Mite in the family Trombidiidae.  Though they have a wide distribution range, most of our identification requests for Velvet Mites come from arid regions.  According to BugGuide:  “Larvae are parasitic on insects. Adults eat insect eggs.”

What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination
Location: Ohio

4 Responses to Velvet Mite

  1. bmoc says:

    The correct spelling of the family is Trombidiidae (no “h”). There has been confusion over this for many years.

  2. bmoc says:

    This is most likely a species of Allothrombium. These mites are quite common in the midwest. The larvae are parasites of aphids, and the nymphs and adults are predatory.

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