17 May 2010

Velvet mite with one missing leg

This appears to be a velvet mite (family Trombidiidae). I photographed it last weekend in the woods near my house. Its body was 2 mm long.

One of the right legs was missing. This is one of those things that one is likely to notice not while in the field, but later while looking at the pictures. Here is a photo showing the right side.

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