Velvet Mite

Subject: What is this bug
Location: WEst Virginia
April 10, 2013 6:28 am
Bugman, Can you tell me what kind of bug this is ? My cousin’s daughter came across it April 6th on a farm in West Virginia. I’ve looked on line but there isn’t anything like it .
Signature: Thank you

Velvet Mites
Velvet Mites

This is a Velvet Mite, and according to BugGuide:  “Larvae parasitize insects and arachnids of all major orders. Adults eat insect eggs.”  Most of our reports of Velvet Mites come from arid portions of the American Southwest, but according to bugGuide, they range across the country.

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