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Mite on Moth? - Zanclognatha lituralis

Mite on Moth? - Zanclognatha lituralis
Stafford, Stafford County, Virginia, USA
June 12, 2005
Can anyone tell me what that red dot is on the moth? Is it a mite?

red & grey mites?
Looks like you've got 2 hitchhikers there: the red one, & a dark grey, slightly larger one directly opposite it (same position on the other wing). I don't know what species they are -- I'm looking for that myself! Trying to ID some I saw on a dragonfly: Only thing I see here in Bugguide is family Trombidiidae - Velvet Mite:

-Anita Gould

I edited the image and selected "Adult", so that the image gets displayed when browsing through adults only.

Parasitic Mites
I asked Tony Thomas about this. I've had up to 3-4 on a single moth, almost always on the wings, usually on the ventral surface.

Thank You
I was wondering. I wish I had seen it before the photo to be able to get a closer look at it.

The moth looks like a Lettered Zanclognatha. There was no Guide page for that species so I made one and moved your image from ID Request.

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