See an Odd Looking Critter With Red Legs in Wheat?

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Winter grain mite has been more noticeable than usual in some parts of our state this year. This pest seems to be cyclic and this is our year, unfortunately. A good relevant Virginia publication details identification and management options (click here).

Black winter grain mite with red legs

Winter grain mite image from UC IPM (http://ipm.ucanr.edu/PMG/P/I-AC-PMAJ-AD.005.html). Photo by Jack Kelly Clark.