Velvet Mite Hot

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Velvet mites are arachnids found in soil litter known for their bright red colours but are often mistaken for spiders.

This mite was photographed in the Goegap Nature Reserve in the Northern Cape. It had emerged after a massive downpour.

 

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Arne Purves
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Arne's passion for the environment, wildlife and conservation was instilled from an early age, leading to a career in nature conservation, first as a game ranger in the Natal Parks Board, a conservation officer with CapeNature and today in the City of Cape Town's Environmental Compliance Department. Photography is his creative medium of choice.