Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Red Velvet Mite

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Photographer: deadmanswill, Nanda Gopal

Insect Scout: deadmanswill

Location: Hyderabad, AP, India

Species Identifier(s): Wallby1 (

Points to appreciate:
  • This is a mite. Mites are not insects, scientifically speaking.
  • Observe its legs. Notice that two pairs are located in its thorax area while two more pairs are seen near the mouth parts. Insects have legs coming only out of their thorax.
  • Mites belong to the class Arachnida under which spiders fall too.
  • They are one of the most successful invertebrates.
  • Most mites are microscopic.
  • There are over 32,000 described species.
  • As larvae they attach themselves to other insects and thrive by sucking blood. After becoming an adult they live on the forest floor feeding on other smaller insects and insect eggs.

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