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    Giant Red Velvet Mite - (Dinothrombium sp.)

    The Giant Red Velvet Mite is actually quite tiny and can be overlooked as it hunts for insect prey.

    Staff Writer (8/7/2014): The bright red coloration make the Giant Red Velvet Mite easy to spot a red velvet mite, which is useful considering its diminutive size. The short hairs give it a velvety appearance. As a mite, it a member of the arachnid order and has eight legs. This mite also has a 'waist'. This species is usually found in the Southwest and Mexico though it has been spotted in states as far east as New Jersey.

    They usually appear in large numbers after summer rains. Most of the year, however, they hibernate underground in silk-lined caverns. When active, they hunt for ants and termites as adults. As larvae, they eat the eggs of other insects and other small arthropods.

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    Giant Red Velvet Mite

    Category: Mite or Tick
    Common name: Giant Red Velvet Mite
    Scientific Name: Dinothrombium sp.

      Kingdom: Animalia
       Phylum: Arthropoda
        Class: Arachnida
         Order: Acari
          Family: Thrombidiidae
           Genus: Dinothrombium
            Species: sp.

    Size (Adult, Length): 3mm to 17mm (0.12in to 0.67in)

    Identifying Colors: red

    Additional Descriptors: hairy, tiny, spider-like

    North American Reach (Though Not Limited To*): Arizona; California; Illinois; Indiana; Iowa; Kansas; Kentucky; Michigan; Minnesota; Missouri; Nevada; New Jersey; New Mexico; Mexico

    * Keep in mind that an insect's reach is not limited by lines on a map and therefore may appear in areas/regions/states beyond those listed above.

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