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Red Velvet Mite with ant prey - Allothrombium

Red Velvet Mite with ant prey - Allothrombium
Overland Park, Johnson County, Kansas, USA
September 27, 2009
Red velvet mite with ant prey

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Red Velvet Mite with ant prey - Allothrombium red velvet mite - prey ? - Allothrombium

Moved from true velvet mites.

Did you see the mite attack the ant or photograph it later? Also, did you observe it feeding, or just passing it by? I'm working with velvet mites for my PhD, and am running into some stumbling blocks with foraging behavior. It was (before seeing this image) becoming apparent to me these mites are not the vicious predators I once thought, but instead scavenge, or eat eggs. What do you think?

as i recall
I found the mite on a rock trying to get at something in a small pit in the rock. It was crouched over the pit trying to reach in there with it's mouth-parts. I couldn't even really tell what it was after at the time. I don't know what happened previous to that, so I'm unsure whether it found the ant dead, or killed it. I suspect it found it. Hope that's helpful, and good luck with your PhD work.

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