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Long-Legged Velvet Mite by melvynyeo Long-Legged Velvet Mite by melvynyeo
Taken at night in Singapore.

Quote from en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Erythrae…
Erythraeidae is a family of mites belonging to the Trombidiformes. Larval forms of these mites are parasitic on various other arthropods, for example harvestmen, but the adults are free-living predators. These oval mites are rather large, usually reddish coloured and densely hairy. The legs, especially the first and fourth pairs, are long and adapted for running. They have either one or two pairs of eyes and can be distinguished from related families microsopically by the presence of a single claw on the tibia of the palp.

The larvae bite a hole into the cuticula of the host and use a stylostome, which acts like a drinking straw, to drink body fluids dissolved tissues.

The larvae of two described species of Leptus feed on bees: Leptus ariel lives on the European honey bee in Guatemala, and Leptus monteithi is a parasite of a Leioproctus species (Colletidae) in Tasmania.
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WrennAmethyst Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I want one I can ride...
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nickelion Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014
Damn, I never kenw these little guys existed...
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PandoraDragon Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014  Student General Artist
If they were about the size of my hand I'd definitely get one as a pet. Had no idea there was a species of mite like this o.o
Excellent photo! <3
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Emerl-lad12 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014  Student Digital Artist
For being these teeny tiny lil red spider doo dads they sure are cute up close! Never knew they were that fuzzy! 
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