Feb 1, 2008

Smooth as Velvet

The velvet mite makes its home in the leaves of woodland floors. They are the bane of all arthropods with whom they come in contact. They don't dine on us vertebrates. Rather, they feast of gnats, grasshoppers, other mites, etc (a tasty spread indeed).

In case you were wondering, they aren't edible themselves. Not even ants will touch them. Sorry to disappoint.

Thanks for the parasite, Laura.

Photo source: Wild About Britain

4 comments:

TYSEN said...

At least it's not a tick, I hate those things.

adhesive remover said...

Looks like a strawberry with legs... :-p

Theodosia said...

I always wondered what those little red moving dots were....

Jack Ruttan said...

I thought of the red peppers on supermarket pizza. But too small here, and with legs.