Subscribe and get comics in your inbox.

This is a red velvet mite and he is here to teach you about love

Click to show the bonus panel

Notes from the author

I want to give a big thanks to Alie Ward for introducing me to the wonders of the red velvet mite. Alie is a volunteer "bug lady" at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, and also runs a podcast with Georgia Hardstark. I recently was a guest on that podcast, where I discussed peanut butter, Bigfoot, and what it's like to feed frozen gerbils to grizzly bears.
You can listen to the full thing here.

The animated GIF of red velvet mites was captured from this Youtube video, which features giant red velvet mites found in India. Garden variety RVMs aren't usually that big.

Also, despite their romantic tendencies, red velvet mites sometimes become cannibals and devour each other. I left that bit out because cannibalism does not mesh well with metaphors about love. They also produce babies that are parasitic, which actually does mesh well with metaphors about love, but for the sake of brevity I left that out as well.

Share this: Copy Link

← Previous Comic Next Comic →

More Comics: Random  -  Popular  -  Latest

What you see in the mirror What it's like to own a Tesla Model S - A cartoonist's review of his magical space car I wish my kitty were big enough to hug Every single time the sun goes down for  nap Why Nikola Tesla was the greatest geek who ever lived War in the name of atheism What I mean when I say 'definitely.' Hamster Atonement Dear Juicy Fruit Cat and teddy bear How to perfectly load a dishwasher What I want from a restaurant website Movie dogs No love is forbidden Five things worth knowing about the Mars Perseverance Rover Why It's Better To Pretend You Don't Know Anything About Computers Cat Interview How to Tell if Your Cat is Plotting to Kill You Horrible Cards My relationship with fruit

Browse more comics

Random Popular Latest