Superorder Acariformes - mitelike mites
Order Actinedida
Suborder Parasitengona
Superfamily Trombidioidea

EN: Velvet mite
DE: Rote Samtmilbe

Sensitive to humidity and apt to dry out easily, red velvet mites make their home in the litter layer of woodlands and forests. As larvae, they attach themselves to a variety of arthropods and feed parasitically. When red velvet mites become nymphs and then adults, they take to the soil to devour much smaller prey, including other mites and their eggs, the eggs of insects and snails, and primitive wingless insects.