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Red mite - Balaustium

Red mite - Balaustium
Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee, USA
May 30, 2011
Could those possibly be parasites on the right front leg and below the left eyes, or are they just pollen or...?

First, this is a great photo. You can clearly see the difference between the eyes (dark red and shiny) and the urnulae (light red, just posterio-medial to the eyes) that are distinctive in this genus.

Second, it seems there are two of those things on the legs: one on right leg I (femur) and one on left leg II (trochanter). Unfortunately, without a more magnified image, they can't be identified. They could be pollen or any number of things. However, they could also be hypopi (phoretic deutonymphs of astig mites). I have found hypopi on the legs of several erythraeids... which is really cool. Of course, these don't look much like hypopi, but one can always hope :)

Moved from Mites and Ticks.

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