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Giant Red Velvet Mite at Falcon State Park - Dinothrombium

Giant Red Velvet Mite at Falcon State Park - Dinothrombium
Falcon State Park, Starr County, Texas, USA
May 16, 2008
Size: about 1/2 inch
After a heavy rain, at least 30 of these 1/4 to 1/2 inch bugs emerged from holes in the ground to scurry about one of the hiking trails in Falcon State Park. Some had white spots on the back and side, while others were solid red. One that I think might be a baby, ran head-long back into the hole when I got the camera too near it.

Images of this individual: tag all
Giant Red Velvet Mite at Falcon State Park - Dinothrombium red bug without white spots at Falcon State Park - Dinothrombium giant red velvet mite emerging from hole at Falcon State Park - Dinothrombium

I found one of these
I actually found several of these mites a few days ago after a heavy monsoon rain. They were red white spots. I found them in the Maricopa County (which is in Phoenix AZ) I caught two and have successfully fed them a live flying termite.

Looking for specimen
Hi Fran, Thanks for the pictures. While growing up in India, we collected and exchanged them with other kids. Unfortunately people there still do not what they eat or anything else about them. We used to keep them in small shoe boxes with red soil and grass thinking they fed on grass!

I would really like to get a couple and keep them in a glass ant farm to get a better idea as to what they eat (dead termites, ants?) and how long they live. Any idea if they're found at any parks near Houston?

Velvet mites, I think, or something in that area
- there's not much info here but similar pictures are in the guide. The size you list (up to half an inch) seems large for these, though - does it include legs?

Very cool pics, by the way!

Giant Red Velvet Mite
The Giant Reds mostly live underground....they come out to eat when winged ants and termites take flight. Beautiful pictures of something most people will never see happen.

Dinothrombium sp??
I'm not familiar with the taxonomy here, but they resemble Dinothrombium sp. ID'ed in SE AZ... Mike

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