Velvet mite, SEM

Velvet mite, SEM

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This image is part of the feature ANIMALS IN HEAT
This image is part of the feature Mighty Mites

Credit: STEVE GSCHMEISSNER/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Velvet mite. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of the head of a velvet mite (Trombidium holosericeum). This bright red arachnid is one of the largest mites found in northern temperate zones, with a body length of about 4mm. Its body is covered with fine hairs, giving it a velvety appearance. The bright red colour warns predators that it its toxic. Magnification: x50, when printed 10cm wide.

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