Red Velvet Mite

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© Saroj Swain
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UploadedMay 28, 2014
TakenMay 28, 2013
MakeNikon Corporation
ModelNIKON D90
Exposure1/800 sec at f/14
FlashNo Flash
Focal Length105 mm
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Rombidium grandissimum may be tiny, but its power should not be underestimated. Since the diet of the Giant Red Velvet Mite consists of many pests, the mite could be used as a potential biological control tool. They are also vital to the rate of soil decomposition and greatly help maintain balance in soil ecosystems. The mites spend a majority of their time underground and only emerge after heavy rains to feed.
The tiny red velvet mite, belongs to the family Trombidiidae are not much bigger than the head of a pin. Despite this, it is one of the largest species of mites known to us. Furthermore, there are thousands of species of the red velvet mite itself. These mites are bright red in color and their bodies are covered with very fine hair to give them a velvety appearance. Hence, the name red velvet mite justifies properly.
In India, the oil from T. grandissimum is coveted. Natives believe the deep red oil holds many medical benefits, and people gather the mites during the short time they emerge from the soil to sell in the local markets. The oil is strongly believed to be an aphrodisiac. In northern India the use of this oil is used for treatment of paralysis. Current research regarding the oil from the Giant Red Velvet Mite looks promising.

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22 responses

  • Donald Garrett

    Donald Garrett gave props (28 May 2014):

    Great presentation, the photo AND the narrative!

  • Barbara Kurth

    Barbara Kurth said (28 May 2014):

    The narrative was informative and these are scary looking to be so tiny ! Great capture, Saroj !

  • Randy Turoff

    Randy Turoff gave props (28 May 2014):

    Very interesting story. That velvety red is amazing! Would be great if it could help with paralysis.

  • Kathryn Meyer

    Kathryn Meyer gave props (28 May 2014):

    OMIGOSH, what did you take this photo with, a scanning electron microscope? Beautiful image of an amazing bug!

  • Ann Reece

    Ann Reece   gave props (28 May 2014):

    This mite is mighty red and so tiny that I wonder how you got a photo of it! While I am not a fan of mites, this one seems to be very beneficial and it would be outstanding if it could play a part in helping people with paralysis. Excellent and informative narrative!!!

  • Davide Simone

    Davide Simone gave props (29 May 2014):

    Great presentation, the photo AND the narrative!

  • Evelyne Schulte

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  • Nancy Richard

    Nancy Richard gave props (29 May 2014):

    Great info and an unbelievable photo. Good work, Saroj !

  • JamesHarmon McQuilkin

    JamesHarmon McQuilkin   gave props (29 May 2014):

    capture and caption awesome

  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield gave props (30 May 2014):

    A fantastic shot of the little fellow. Thank you for the informative narrative!

  • Shirley Valencia

    Shirley Valencia   gave props (30 May 2014):


  • Patty Gross

    Patty Gross gave props (31 May 2014):

    Fabulous macro capture of this colorful mite, Saroj!! And your narrative is extremely informative and educational. Wonderful post, very well done!!!

  • Ted Anderson

    Ted Anderson (Deleted) gave props (1 Jun 2014):

    Wow. An amazing image, and narrative

  • Ioana Caravan

    Ioana Caravan   gave props (1 Jun 2014):

    Thank you, Saroj! Very interesting!

  • rekha nag

    rekha nag gave props (2 Jun 2014):

    Nice image! Very informative!

  • Carlo Pagan

    Carlo Pagan gave props (5 Jun 2014):


  • Michele Wambaugh

    Michele Wambaugh (Deleted) gave props (11 Jun 2014):

    how nice

  • Chip Dennison

    Chip Dennison gave props (11 Jun 2014):

    Great photo!

  • Robert R. Gaines

    Robert R. Gaines gave props (14 Sep 2014):

    Good image and information.

  • Basudha Devi

    Basudha Devi gave props (23 Sep 2014):

    amazing image. Superb!

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (19 Jan 2017):

    Beautiful red color of the mite against the white! Got my vote!

  • Nasera S.

    Nasera S. gave props (29 Jan 2017):

    Nice shot and thanks for sharing the info with it..! Voted.

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