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Red spider mite
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A single red spider mite
Scientific Classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Arachnida
Subclass: Acari
Order: Trombidiformes
Family: Tetranychidae
Genus: Tetranychus
Species: Tetranychus urticae
Synonyms
Red spider mite
Two-spotted spider mite

The Red spider mite (Tetranychus urticae), also known as the two-spotted spider mite is one of many species of plant-feeding mites found in dry environments, and generally considered a pest. It is the most widely known member of the family Tetranychidae or spider mites.

During the summer, T. urticae has a greenish brown appearance with two darker spots, but as winter approaches it gains a strong red color.

Symptoms[]

A pale mottling is visible on the upper surface of the leaves. Tiny mites can be found on the underside.[1]

Treatment[]

Chemical[]

Spray thoroughly with derris.[2]

Prevention[]

Mist the leaves regularly with plain water.[1]

Examples[]

References[]

  1. a b Hessayon, D.G. (2009). The Vegetable & Herb Expert. Transworld Publishers, London. p. 12. ISBN 9780903505468
  2. How to Get Rid Of Spider Mites: Management in Home Gardens http://wiklyhow.blogspot.com/2014/04/how-to-kill-spider-mites-management-in.html
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