Red Velvet Mite – Trombidium holosericeum

Difficult to actually confirm the identity of the species for sure. There are a number of similar looking mites but this is believed to be the most widespread and common. The velvet appearance is as you would expect due to a covering of fine hairs.

We come across this species frequently, foraging for small animals or their pupae / eggs to feed upon. These are active hunting arachnids (click HERE for short video of a foraging red velvet mite), found across the garden in all types of habitats other than water.

10th April 2022

It was in September 2021 that we recorded how these mites killed a Comma butterfly whilst in the pupae stage (click HERE to read more about this behaviour).

10th April 2022

In April 2022 we witnessed a small group of these mites completely destroy the full egg brood of a Nut-tree Tussock moth (Click HERE to see this feeding behaviour).

In April 2022 we witnessed a small group of these mites completely destroy the full egg brood of a Nut-tree Tussock moth (Click HERE to see this feeding behaviour).

DC 16/04/2022