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Copyright: Sumon Sinha (Mana) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-06-08
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC-H2
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/80 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Animals' Behavior, part one [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-06-01 1:45
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Favorites: 2 [view]
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Friends....I have been away since long and have surely missed being among you all. Times have not been the same for me but I hope to be more active here from now on. This intense heat has provided less opportunities for the last couple of months, hence I present an old image. Shot taken in fading light inside Baisipalli WLS, hand held, flat on the ground. Hope everyone like it.

Velvet mites are arachnids, found in soil litter known for their bright red colours. They are active predators as adults but early instars are often parasites on insects.

The pattern of stages is shared with that of other members of the Prostigmata: egg, pre-larva, larva, protonymph, deutonymph, tritonymph and adult (male or female). They usually have only one breeding cycle per year.

One well known species from the Palearctic is Trombidium holosericeum.

Its bright red color results from carotenoids, warning predators about the toxicity of the mite (aposematism). Almost nothing is known about the toxic substances used, but they are probably contained within the integument.

This species is one of the largest mites with a body length of about 4 mm. The soft, brightly red body is covered with fine hairs, giving it a velvety appearance. The small eyes are located on stalks. They have scissor-like chelicerae, their pedipalps are used as touch organs.

While adults live freely and are often found wandering about, searching for small animals and insect eggs for food, the larvae try to find a host to attach themselves to, often an insect like a grasshopper or diptere, but also arachnids like harvestmen or spiders. At this stage they are seen as red globules on their hosts, sucking body liquid without severely harming the host. These larvae then develop into free-living nymphs that resemble adults.

The species name is derived from Ancient Greek holo "whole" and seric- "silken".

Scientific classification -
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Chelicerata
Class: Arachnida
Subclass: Acari
Superorder: Acariformes
Order: Parasitengona
Superfamily: Trombidioidea
Family: Trombidiidae

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Where were you, dear Sumon?Ingrid1 1 09-01 08:47
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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2009-06-01 2:15]

Hi Sumon,

Long time no see,this is a great macro with excellent details and colors,well presented on a natural scenery,thanks


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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-06-01 2:19]

Hello Sumon
Wonderful and interesting capture. Well done.

Hello Sumon,
Welcome back with this very nice macro shot. Details are really amazing and focus perfect! We can see very well the texture of the mite. Best regards,

Hi MF Sumon, nice to see you amnongs us again. Welcome back!
You captured this parasitic mite with a high quality -as usual.
Amazing colours and details.
TFS and cheers,

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-06-01 4:22]

Hello Sumon,
Happy to see one of your postings again. Interesting subject which you really have welll photographed. Amazing to see so many details of this little creature. Excellent and didactic shot.
Kind regards

Delighted to see you posting again, Sumon!
This picture of a red Velvet Mite heralds your appearance with fanfare. The insect is a novelty for most of us and it is simply beautiful not only because of its looks but because it has been captured by Sumon.
Why is it named 'velvet' Mite is more than evident entirely owing to your fine treatment of the subject.
Welcome back and thanks for sharing this image of great charm and beauty.

mükemmel renkler ve detaylar.
Elinize sağlık en güzel dileklerimle hoşca kalın.

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  • bubinu (40)
  • [2009-06-01 4:56]

Hello Sumon,
A beautiful unusual capture of this minute velvet mite.
A glorious macro with excellent lighting and sharpness.
A clean presentation and a great job.

Francis Xavier

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2009-06-01 5:58]

Hi Mana
Welcome back.Great image.The beautiful color of your subject again that neutral color BG is beautiful.Well composed image and also very sharp image .
TFS Michel

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-06-01 8:50]

Hello Sumon,
What a strange creature this is! The low POV makes it all more impressive. Fantastic clear colours in beautiful contrast against the BG. Excellent sharp details. Nice composition.

So good to see you again Sumon...like a fire engine in teh US...we call it fire engine red..and shows up well...so well saturated and brought to the fore by the neutral backdrop?!

Hi Sumon,

Very unusual shot of a beautiful spider. Well done.


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-06-01 12:06]

Hi Sumon.
I have met and pictured this tiny insect few times. However, I could not get good shots. You have pictured it fantastically. Stunning sharpness and details. Amazing face-to-face POV. My congratulations. It is so difficult subject. Bravo.

hello Sumon!
a fantastic capture Sumon, of this microscopic red spider, caught with excellent color management (the red is difficult) and with excellent details

compliments and tfs sERGIO

Hello Sumon,
Great to see you back,and with a fantastic post.
This is an amazing creature that I have certainly never seen before.
What a fantastic speciment.
It really does look like red velvet.
It is so small,yet you have captured it perfectly.
Cheers & TFS

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-06-01 16:39]

Waaw Sumon!! I know this arachnids...and know how are littles....i know how aren't easy to take...now i know that you're a fantastic photographer,this macro is wonderful!!!!Surely one of the best of this year,right in my prefered pics.Thanks for share,Luciano

THe colour and composition here are superb, Sumon da...
Very well seen (well I've never seen something like this!)
A superb shot, overall!

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-06-01 20:31]

Hi Sumon,

So glad to see you posting again!!!! What a shot to return with. I have never seen anything like this Mite before. The color is shocking and it looks like it must feel like Velvet. Fantastic details - it jumps out from the natural setting.


Ciao Sumon, great macro of litle creature, splendid focus, excellent sharpness and fantastic details, very well done, ciao Silvio

Excellent sharpness, POV and composition. I enjoy saturation and contrast too.
Best wishes,

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2009-06-02 9:00]

Hi Sumon,
What a beauty! Great form, textures, colors, focus and sharpness. TFS
All the best,

Hello Sumon,
what a wonderful picture of a red Velvet Mite, fantastic colours and lighting, superb sharpness in a nice composition.
Best regards

Hello Sumon
what a interesting image ! you have taken this shot with great details on this velvet mite and i like his vivid red color
great composition with beautiful decor
very well done

Nice shot with excellent details. I like the vibrant colours and the velvetty texture of the mite. Also good pov and composition.

Hello Sumon
beautiful macro since it is not easy to see a beautiful releases on these little arachnids. The focusing is excellent as the clearness of the colors too and the cure of the details; interesting the contrast of the red color contrasting on the brown background.

Hi Sumon. I like the perfect sharp and the deep red in great contrats with the BG. My best compliments.


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-06-03 22:14]

Hello Sumon,
We on TN have missed you too: welcome back!
A superb macro of this red mite, technically top class even though it is so small. Great POV showing the features with its astonishing red colour and a perfect composition.
Thanks and best wishes,

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  • briGG Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 195 W: 2 N: 344] (1823)
  • [2009-06-03 22:42]
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Hello Sumon,

I dont know You, i'm a new member!

This macro is beautiful! Details are really fine and focus perfect! I can see the true texture of the body of this spider.
Good shot.


hello Sumon

excellent photo of this insect with his vivid red colour tones,
fine POV, DOF and framing, superb focus with great
sharpness and details, beautiful warm colour tones
of all the image, TFS


Hi Sumon

Brilliant capture of this tiny mite. Superb detail and sharpness and of course brilliant colour.


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  • valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
  • [2009-06-06 12:37]

Hello Sumon !
I understand what you say about not having enough time for TN - just spend as much time as you can afford here, every picture and every comment will be appreciated. I love this picture, it shows us something we do not see very often, and such a beautiful thing. i love the intense red colorand the "fur" who looks as soft as velvet. Amazing details, splendid composition, excellent POV. Very well done !

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-06-25 8:14]

Hi Sumon,
what aunique shot. Really rich and dense red mite.
Well presented in great clarity.
Nice texture too.


  • cedryk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
  • [2009-08-01 0:22]

Hello Sumon,
Wow, that's a nice portrait of this small creature. Perfect exposition made possibly to see all details of its welvet body. Fantastic contribution!
Best greetings,

Bonsoir Sumon
Extraordinaire ; impressionnante ; Un grand bravo pour une si belle prise de vue
à bientôt

Terrible nice insect.Verrry good picture.Best regards.Alin.

Hello Sumon ,
A very interesting picture you have posted.
I have seen so many but never knew what they are. but your important note helped in knowing them.
Picture is with excellent clarity and colors.
Thanks for sharing

Hello Sumon,

A fine image of a spectacular little animal. The red color is amazing. I occasionally see very small ones like that here, but they are much smaller, from what I can tell from your very attractive photo.


Dear Sumon,
This red jewel is wonderfully captured by you, and I add it to my theme "Animals' Behaviour"based on your educational notes.

The red is brilliant and the fluffy fur coat amazing.
Thanks for sharing this beauty
Enjoy your Sunday
Best wishes

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