Dec 13, 2009

Velvet Predator

Admit it. You want to pet it. How can you not, with that velvety coat?

The red velvet mite spends its larval stage as a parasite on arthropods. As nymphs and adults they descend to the forest floor to become hunters. But don't try to eat one yourself: they have no natural predators (even ants won't touch them).

But then, if you don't have any natural predators, that leaves you with only unnatural predators, and that can't be a good thing.

Photo source: rayofsunshine_15205

3 comments:

Deaf Indian Muslim Anarchist! said...

NOM NOM NOM.

Joemamma said...

It looks like a plush toy. It's almost cute actually...

Anonymous said...

Head crab.