• Mon. Jun 24th, 2024

Monsoon Magic: Red Velvet Mites Emerge In Telangana

Monsoon Magic: Red Velvet Mites Emerge In TelanganaMonsoon Magic: Red Velvet Mites Emerge In Telangana

As the monsoon rains blanket Telangana, the region witnesses a fascinating natural phenomenon: the emergence of red velvet mites, locally known as Ardura Purugu.

These strikingly vibrant arachnids have been spotted in Peddamul mandal of Vikarabad district and other areas, marking their seasonal appearance.

What Are Red Velvet Mites?

Red velvet mites, scientifically known as Trombidium grandissimum, are the largest members of the mite family. These small predatory arachnids are renowned for their vivid red coloration and velvet-like texture. Found globally, these mites belong to the Trombidiidae family and are particularly known for their seasonal activity.

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Why Do They Emerge During Monsoon?

For most of the year, adult red velvet mites remain hidden beneath the soil, thriving in the dark and cool environment. However, the monsoon season triggers their emergence. These mites are commonly referred to as “rain bugs” due to their appearance following rainfall. The primary reason for their emergence is mating, making the monsoon their peak activity period.

The Monsoon Magic

The monsoon invigorates the animal kingdom. Peacocks display their feathers in vibrant dances, fireflies light up the night, and frogs croak loudly to attract mates. Amidst this natural symphony, red velvet mites surface, adding to the seasonal spectacle. Their appearance is a signal of the rains’ arrival, contributing to the rich biodiversity that thrives during this period.

The Mating Ritual

The life cycle of red velvet mites is intricate and fascinating. Mating begins with a complex ritual where males perform elaborate dances, involving spinning and touching, to attract females. They also deposit web-like threads and leave their sperm in a small structure called a spermatophore. Males create a trail leading to this spermatophore.

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Females, impressed by the males’ performance and the trails they leave, collect the sperm by passing over the spermatophore. This collected sperm is then used to fertilize their eggs, which are laid in the soil, continuing the species’ life cycle.


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