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Red Velvet Mite - Trombidiidae (Allothrombium?)
I realize this photo may not be a huge hit with you guys, and it's definitely not my usual fare - but I the photostream needed a non-salticid upload as I haven't posted anything but jumpers since July! A fascinating animal regardless of the quality of the photo.

I really don't know too much about these little guys (this one was around 3mm - pretty large for a mite!) but I'm guessing he/she may be from the genus Allothrombium (tell me if you have any ideas on a better genus or if you actually know the species!). I've read that they can be quite ferocious little predators, feeding on several different arthropods - including other velvet mites - though cannibalism doesn't appear to be too uncommon in the arachnid world. To read more about the family, here is a great paper on Trombidiid mites.

The photo is a crop from a single photo taken last May, and I actually don't remember which lens I used or what magnification the photo was taken at. I'm going to guess it was the 50mm reversed on extension tubes...

Photographing this one without blowing out the red proved to be a pain - how does it look on your monitors? Not too saturated?

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Source Red Velvet Mite - Trombidiidae (Allothrombium?)
Author Thomas Shahan
Camera location36° 13′ 15.19″ N, 95° 47′ 54.55″ W Kartographer map based on OpenStreetMap.View this and other nearby images on: OpenStreetMap - Google Earthinfo

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