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Spider Mites

Tuesday, 22. November 2011 11:24

Spider mites are very common plant pests which can cause damage to plants such as discoloration or flecking and scorching of the plants. Such damages as these can lead to leaf loss or plant death. They are closely related to clover mites and are of the arachnid family. They’re miniscule creatures that is hardly visible without the aid of a lens. However, in the mass, they can be detrimental to plants.

Description & Life Cycle

Spider mites are a type of arachnid, which will also include spiders, ticks, and scorpions. They are miniscule and often difficult to see. They are less than 1mm in size and they will vary in color depending on the species. Their colors range from browns and reds to yellows and greens. The seasonal changes may also affect their appearance. Spider mites lay tiny, spherical eggs. They are initially transparent in color. One characteristic that will differentiate spider mites from other species of mites is their ability to spin silk. Once they lay their eggs, spider mites will spin silk webbing to protect themselves and their colony from potential predators. Under the best conditions, eggs can hatch in as little as three days and become mature within five days. One female will live up to 2-4 weeks and will lay up to 20 eggs a day. If a female spider mite was left alone, she can spawn a population of almost a million mites in just one month or even less time than that. KEEP READING

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