Sunday, May 03, 2009

Tiny Red Spiders

Every now and then I come across a tiny red spider or mite as photographed here foraging in the earth. I believe it is Anystis baccarum which is a beneficial predator particulary to fruit growers. According to studies available on the net, one such insect can kill and consume up to 12 similar harmful insects in a day. It is quite difficult to identify the insect precisely, so I am willing to be corrected. If you can better identify this insect please leave a comment below or email me at

In comparison to the dime in the photo I would think that this insect is about 3-4mm long. In comparison to the pictures on the internet this spider is quite large and fat so it must be doing quite well.

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