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Velvet mites


Velvet mite

Jeff Hahn, University of Minnesota

Size: 1/16 - 1/8 inch 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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