please i.d. bug in photo
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
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.”