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Posted: Thu Jul 31, 2008 3:24 pm Post subject: Red Velvet Mite - Red Earth Mite - Trombidium holosericeum.
Red Velvet Mite - Red Earth Mite - Trombidium holosericeum
No noteworthy effect on plants.
April to October
Red Velvet Mite, photo / picture / image.
Appearance of damage.
Approximately 5mm long these bright red mites with eight legs can be seen wandering on through grass, bare soil, mulch, and the leaf litter layer beneath trees and shrubs.
They are covered in tiny hairs which gives them their velvet appearance.
Like woodlice, Red Velvet Mites dry out easily, so they need a regular supply of dampness hence the leaf litter and mulch living conditions.
Not at all. The Red Velvet Mite poses no noteworthy threat to plants or the gardener.
They just feed on insects and other mites that eat fungi and bacteria in your garden. In fact if you were to remove the Red Velvet Mite from your garden, the decomposition process in the soil would go much slower.
Organic or cultural control.
Video. A Red Velvet Mite moving across a leaf.
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