common names: Rain Bug, Scarlet Mite, Velvet Mite<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />
scientific name: Order Acari, Family Trombidiidae
identification: Velvet-covered, bright pink to orange to red, pillow-shaped.
biology and life cycle: Incomplete metamorphosis.
habitat: Mostly in sandy areas of the state.
feeding habits: Adults are found feeding on winged ants and winged termites after a shower during the summer. The nymphs have been found in the egg pods of grasshoppers.
economic importance: Considered to be general predators.
natural control: Unknown--by us at least.
organic control: None needed.
insight: These beauties of nature show off dramatically on the wet soil when the air is clean and the sun is bright after a summer shower.