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Velvet mites

Trombidiidae family

Marbled orbweaver

Jeff Hahn, Department of Entomology, University of Minnesota

Goldenrod crab spider

Whitney Cranshaw, Colorado State University,

Size: 1/16 - 1/8 inch long

Description: Tiny, bright red, and has a "spider-like" appearance.

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

Significance: Beneficial as predators on small arthropods. Harmless to people and plants.

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