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Mites - Balaustium

Mites - Balaustium
St Louis City, Missouri Botanical Garden, Missouri, USA
May 29, 2016
Is this a True Velvet Mite? They were all over these Dianthus flowers (see linked photo). Perhaps they were waiting for insects to come along so they could grab on?

Thanks in advance.

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Mites - Balaustium Mites - Balaustium

Moved from Mites and Ticks.

Moved from ID Request.

no, appears to be Erythraeida
no, appears to be Erythraeidae, probably Balaustium sp.

I agree. They are unusual among erythraeids in eating pollen (see, e.g.,


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