Red Velvet Mite

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  1. TCimages

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    Spring is coming. Had a chance to get out for a hike today and found this guy:

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    Why is it so red? I've never seen anything like that before.
     
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    My only guess would be for protection. Nature seems to use bright colors as a warning that "Im Poisonous" so they wont be eaten. However, I'm pretty sure these are not poisonous.
     
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    I did some research and found that these are predatory mites, eating the eggs of grasshoppers.

    Interesting!
     
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    I read that as well. Amazing the things you find doing Macro work.
     
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    EWWWW...I hate bugs like that. They make my skin crawl and I get itchy! lol!

    But other then the fact that its a BUG...nice shot! very bright red little thing, isnt it!!
     
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    sorry Sarah. You might want to hide from some of my posts :)
     
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    Excellent! That red is brilliant, it really stands out nicely. Excellent detail in the shot. Only thing I'm thinking about here, maybe, just maybe, there'd be a better orientation for the shot. Maybe not. You've probably experimented with them anyways. Seriously awesome shot though! You're a macro master, TC.
     
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    Very nice capture!!

    The lighting is very nice. Do you mind if I ask what you use? Is it a soft box or off camera flash?

    Cheers
     
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    Oh no! I love your pictures! Its just THIS bug that gets to me! lol!
     
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    Thanks for the comments.

    I used the Canon MR-14 Ringflash for this shot.
     
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    Thanks TC.

    Can't afford a ring flash, so I think I will try a soft box.
     

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