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  1. BugsAtWork

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    Posted 4 months ago
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    This was crawling on my arm. Didn’t notice it until I felt it tickling me. I stuck a piece of tape over it. It is very tiny-smaller than a pencil point I think. It looks like a red body. Can anyone tell me what it might be? Thanks so much.

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    BugsAtWork - 16 minutes ago  » 
    This was crawling on my arm. Didn’t notice it until I felt it tickling me. I stuck a piece of tape over it. It is very tiny-smaller than a pencil point I think. It looks like a red body. Can anyone tell me what it might be? Thanks so much.

    Just a red mite. Looks like an adult erythraeid. These are naturally red, not from taking any vertebrate blood. The 6-legged larva is parasitic on other arthropods. The 8-legged nymph and adult are predacious on smaller arthropods (insects and mites) and their eggs. Some feed on pollen.
    There are also red spider mites and clover mites, but your mite is not one of these. Those happen to be plant feeders.

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    Posted 4 months ago
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    @loubugs Thank you so much!


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