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Trombidium grandissimum

Trombidium grandissimum
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Copyright: Nirmal Roberts (nirmalroberts) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 345 W: 64 N: 705] (2857)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-06-14
Categories: Insects
Camera: Fujifilm FinePix S6500fd, Fujinon f=6.2-66.7(28-300)mm 1:2.8-4.9, Marumi 58mm UV Haze
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/210 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-06-25 1:26
Viewed: 7151
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Trombidium grandissimum.
Common names: Giant Red Velvet Mite, Rains Insect, Red Velvet Insect, Lady Cow.
Common Hindi names: Bir Bahoti, Rani Keeda.
It is a red mite about half an inch long and from a quarter to three-eighths of an inch in its widest part. It is covered with a scarlet, velvety down, and appears on the ground at the beginning of the rainy season. It is only to be found for a few weeks in the year.
The yellowish oil which fills the body cavity of these mites is used as a drug in Northern India. It is useful for paralysis. Also due to its ability to increase the sexual desire Trombidium is named as Indian Viagra. According to one study, the world demand of Trombidium oil is fulfilled by Chhattisgarh in India.
Oudhia, P. (1999). Traditional medicinal knowledge about Red velvet mite Trombidium sp. (Acari: Trombidiidae) in Chhattisgarh. Insect Environment 5(3): 113.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-06-25 1:33]

!!!!!!wooow Nirmal,i know this micro insects,this is a fantastic macro of macro..eeheh..very excellent details and sharpenss,for this artwork 2 points are enough,my best best compliments,Luciano

The velvety look is unmistakable, Nirmal.
And red velvet at that!
Beautiful creature which I have never seen with my own eyes.
The capture is very sharp, clear and, apparently, colourful.
TFS and regards.

Hello Nirmal,
An excellent close-up shot,very nice details,its common in maharashtra after arrival of monsoon,we clled it gosavi kida.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2008-06-25 6:44]

Hello Nirmal,
It's the first time I see that insect. How special it is, and even more amazing,its yellowish body-oil is used as Indian Viagra, I just cannot believe it.
Absolutely surprising and original posting
Best regards

Hello nirmal,

Good shot of this beautiful red insect.
This one I have never been seen before.


Hello Nirmal, perfect shot of this red insect. TFS. Regards,

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-06-26 4:54]

Hello Nirmal, Very nice specie. Seeing for the first time. Well done and thanks for sharing. Ganesh

Dear Nirmal,
a fascinating creature, so very carefully well presented.
I am familiar with very similar looking bright red velvet ones creeping over rocks in our mountains, but those are tiny, no more than one or two millimeters in length. Such a size is incredible for a mite, like from a nightmare.
Very interesting to read the medical use of Trombidium. Good to read that India has so many natural remedies in use. Viagra should rather be called the American Trombidium. Your Giant Mite looks nicer, and may also work better.
Thank you for this impressing contribution!
My best regards,

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  • sayat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 280 W: 0 N: 258] (1457)
  • [2008-07-09 6:29]

Very well captured! Tha amazing colors and all the details are marvelous. Thanks for sharing.

Great photo! I am a student at UW-La Crosse, working on a website all about this mite and I would love to use this photo!! I would cite where it came from along with a hyperlink that would direct viewers to this page. Please email me at [email protected] to let me know what you think. Thank you for your time and allowing me to see such a great picture.

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