Envis Centre, Ministry of Environment & Forest, Govt. of India

Printed Date: Thursday, October 21, 2021

Mite

 

 

 

 

  

 

Scientific name

 

Trombidium grandissimum Koch

 

Common name

 

Mite

 

Telugu 

 

Arudra purugu

 

Distribution

 

Widely throughout India

 

Religious association

 

The velvet mite is commonly believed to herald the rains. Farmers in Andhra Pradesh consider it to be a messenger of the rain gods.

 

 

 

 

Source: “Sacred Animals Of India” by  Nanditha Krishna, (Penguin Book India, 2010)