This image probably looks like it was taken on a different planet, but it was actually taken in my back garden! Red Velvet Mites (Trombidium sp.) are truly bizarre creatures that we know little about. They are pretty common throughout the UK, but are poorly recorded. They are members of the arachnid subclass Acari, which they share with other mites and ticks. As larvae, they are bloodsucking parasites of other arthropods and will latch on to a host as soon as they hatch from the egg. As they mature into adults, they begin to hunt down other invertebrates to eat. They are often associated with soil and leaf litter, but I have also seen them on walls in the sun. The diversity of bugs in an urban back garden is quite amazing!
High humidity of these spring days is favouring the development of molds. Plant pathogenic conidia of these fungi will be around for a while, but specific measures can be implemented to contain their spread #strawberry#pest#humidity#fruit#naturephotography