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Spider? Tick? - Trombidium

Spider? Tick? - Trombidium
Delaware County, Pennsylvania, USA
April 10, 2006
Size: 1/16 to 1/8 inch
Thee were about 3 of these that I noticed among damp ground debris and leaf litter from the remains of winter. Reminds me of a tick, yet it looks like there are fangs tucked underneath. I kind of want to say these are orb weaver juveniles. This looks like it has hairs too, and I don't think ticks have hairs.

I also noticed at it got to the edge of this piece of debris it waived it's front legs around, reminded me of a spider doing that. But again maybe ticks do that too.

Moved from Velvet Mites.

Likely Trombidium
ID by mite specialist Dr. Joanna Makol, Agricultural University, Wroclaw, Poland.

Red Velvet Mite
Neither. It is a wonderful picture of a red velvet mite (Not many people are aware of this, but these are what they make the cake from)
e.g. :
-Sean McCann

red velvet cake? Mitey fine ;-)

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