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red and white mite - Leptus

red and white mite - Leptus
Groton, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA
June 7, 2007
Size: ~2mm

Moved from Erythraeidae.

I think this is a species that parasitizes opilionids as larvae.

Thanks Ray
It sure is distinctive looking. Maybe one day it'll be identified further.

This is an beautiful erythraeid mite. I found one of these beasts in Auburn (AL) and thought it was distinctive enough to easily get a genus (or even species) ID. Unfortunately, I've talked to many mite specialists since then and have not yet found a proper identification. Erythraeids (all all other "velvet mite" families) are notoriously difficult to ID. Nevertheless, the hunt is still on, and when I find a name, I'll be sure to post more information.

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