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Velvet mite
Photo Credit: Jeff Hahn, University of Minnesota

Velvet mites
Size: 1/16 to 1/8 inches long

Where/When: Found on the soil surface. Active during spring.

Significance: Adults prey on small arthropods and their eggs and larvae are parasitic on insects. They are harmless to people and gardens.
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