Red Mites on Spurge


hile pulling some spotted spurge (Euphorbia maculata) from the yard, I noticed red velvet mites (Balaustium species) scurrying around the plants. Upon closer examination, the mites were visiting tiny flowers on the weeds. These mites were less than 1-mm long, but they provided some interesting shots. Now they need to stop pollinating all the spurge!


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