Skip to content

SANParks.org Forums

View unanswered posts | View active topics






Post new topic Reply to topic  Page 1 of 1
 [ 8 posts ] 
Author Message
 Post subject: Insect: Red velvet mite
Unread postPosted: Wed Dec 21, 2005 4:41 pm 
Offline

Joined: Fri Nov 04, 2005 11:03 am
Posts: 167
Location: Marloth,is where i want to be.
I know this only as a "reengogga"-some info would be nice.
Image


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Insect i.d.
Unread postPosted: Wed Dec 21, 2005 5:27 pm 
Offline
Senior Virtual Ranger
Senior Virtual Ranger
User avatar

Joined: Sat Dec 04, 2004 12:06 am
Posts: 1756
Location: the Netherlands
It is a velvet mite.
Order: Acarina
Family: Trombidiidae (Velvet Mites)
Species: Trombidium sp.
Mites in this family are easily identified by their bright red coloring and velvety appearance.

Image
Photo taken 24 December 2004, after a day of 46C (my personal record!) followed by massive rains.


Mites (Acari or Acarina) are the most diverse and abundant of all arachnids, but because of their small size (usually less than a millimeter in length) we rarely see them. The ticks are an exception, in that they are usually big enough to see, especially when they are filled with blood. Red velvet mites are also among the giants of the Acari (to 10 mm), and can often be seen hunting on the ground or on tree trunks. Water mites are rarely more than a few millimeters long, but their bright colours and rapid movement often bring them to our attention. At the smaller end of the mite size range are species like the human follicle mite or the honeybee tracheal mite - small enough to raise a family within a human hair follicle or within a bee's respiratory tube, and too small (ca. 0.1 mm) to see without a microscope.

Mites are also among the oldest of all terrestrial animals, with fossils known from the early Devonian, nearly 400 million years ago (Norton et al. 1988, Kethley et al. 1989). Three major lineages are currently recognised: Opilioacariformes, Acariformes and Parasitiformes (Krantz 1978, Johnston 1982, Evans 1992). About 45,000 species of mites have been described - a small fraction (perhaps 5%) of the number of species estimated to be alive today.

Nice arachnid link

*edit: photo added.


Last edited by Jose on Thu May 10, 2007 3:03 am, edited 1 time in total.

Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Insect i.d.
Unread postPosted: Mon Feb 20, 2006 11:54 pm 
Offline
Senior Virtual Ranger
Senior Virtual Ranger
User avatar

Joined: Tue Jan 18, 2005 9:55 pm
Posts: 769
I just stumbled upon this discussion. I saw a lot of these velvet mites on my trip last November. Just after the rain you would see these critters all over the place. It's funny how they stand out with their bright colour. Here's a closeup I shot of one:
Image


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
Unread postPosted: Wed May 09, 2007 9:19 pm 
Offline

Joined: Tue Aug 29, 2006 11:37 pm
Posts: 162
Location: Port Elizabeth
A great place to see these is in the camping ground at Shingwedzi after a good rain so summer is the best time...they are all over the place there after a storm


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
Unread postPosted: Thu May 10, 2007 1:14 pm 
Offline
Junior Virtual Ranger
Junior Virtual Ranger
User avatar

Joined: Tue Jan 02, 2007 5:09 pm
Posts: 220
Once saw one in a National Park in Zim. It was on a black rock in one of the camps. Had it on video.You could literally see it from 2m away because of the colour of the rock.

_________________
Latest Lifers: Brown-Backed Honeybird; Violet-Eared Waxbill; Green-Winged Pytilia; and heard often but never seen - Yellow-Fronted Tinkerbird (±2m away in the open)


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Red velvet mite
Unread postPosted: Mon Jan 12, 2009 12:48 pm 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Wed Sep 26, 2007 9:53 am
Posts: 11
Location: Pretoria
Saw a couple of these next to the road near Shingwedzi just after the rain in December.
Image


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Red velvet mite
Unread postPosted: Fri Nov 27, 2009 9:51 am 
Offline

Joined: Thu Nov 26, 2009 3:46 pm
Posts: 1
Last week my husband and I and 2 friends visited Central Kalahari Game Reserve (Botswana). After 4 days of continuous thunder storms we exited at Matswere Gate. While we were taking a break on the Matswere Gate/Rakops gravel road, we saw these little red velvet mites too. Initially I thought it was a tick and I inferred that their bright red colour meant that they may be venemous. My friend observed that they appeared very velvety. Their sizes varied from approximately 1 cm in diameter to very-very tiny ones.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Red velvet mite
Unread postPosted: Sun Jan 17, 2010 2:05 pm 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Mon Jan 11, 2010 2:30 pm
Posts: 32
Location: Kalahari
Aha, the little velvety friends! :D

These mites are a great sign to me because they only come out after sufficent rains, so after it's rained, if you find many, you know the rain has penetrated the soil deeply enough to be of use.

What I find entertaining to no end is how clean the mites are, drop a few grains of sand on top of one and watch as it frantically brushes them off. :mrgreen: Not all of them react this way though.

_________________
Ex Africa semper aliquid novi
Always something new out of Africa - Pliny the Elder

Thanatosis emoticon - :shock:

FGASA Level 1 Guide
17 years of life in the magical Kalahari and LOVING IT!


Top
 Profile  
 
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 8 posts ] 



Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot post attachments in this forum

Powered by phpBB © 2000, 2002, 2005, 2007 phpBB Group

Webcams Highlights

Addo Nossob Orpen Satara
Addo Nossob Orpen Satara
Submitted by Foxy at 13:56:48 Submitted by RonelMentz at 19:42:06 Submitted by BevAnn at 14:56:01 Submitted by Lindyvee at 13:30:45