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V is for...Velvet Mite

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One insects that we are all familar with is the chigger. Summer days and nights spent outside always seem to be filled with chigger bites. This pest is actually a younger stage of the velvet mite who live in or on the soil, giving them easy access to our skin.
Photo Courtesy of: Clemson University http://entweb.clemson.edu/cuentres/eiis/factshot/pages/Chiggers.htm   Crenshaw, Whitney 2004. Garden Insect of North America. Princeton University Press.