Red velvet mites are members of the subphylum Chelicerata. More than 50,000 species of mites are known. They live more than a year according to there habitats species and nature. These sites are part of a community of soil as they are maintaining the structure of the entire ecosystem. As they feed insects that eat fungi and bacteria. Mites stimulate the decomposition process. Red velvet mites make their home in the forest and the little layer of woodlands and also live in soil and found up to 33 feet depth. They found in desert sands and water and can survive in freezing cold and 50-degree hot temperatures also.
The adult red velvet mites have velvety hair on their bodies which is like feelers. The adult mites have a pair of eyes and four pair of legs and they use front two legs to judge their movements. And the larvae of red velvet mites have three pairs of legs.
Adults are predators, they have the ability to sense their prey through their vibration and chemical substances that they secrete. Red velvet is quite active in the day time and they cannot be seen during the night . And at winter they cannot appear on the surface of the earth. They are absolutely harmless to human beings and they also have medicinal properties. In northern parts of India, oil extracted from the red velvet mites. They considered oil is very useful for paralyzed patients. They also infest those insects which are harmful pests for the crops. Mites are very helpful to control the population of pests. These gorgeous looking mites seem to be useful to mankind.
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