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  Spider Mite (Tetranychidae family )





Spider Mite | Tetranychidae family  photo
Spider Mite photographed on lid of wheely bin. Presumably it had fallen from prunings being put in the bin.

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SPIDER MITE FACTS

Description
Spider Mites are usually found on the under sides of leaves of plants. They can damage the plant by puncturing plant cells to feed. Most Spider Mites are less than 1 mm in size and vary in color. Many species spin a silk web to protect the colony from predators, this is the origin of their common name "Spider Mite". Populations often increase rapidly during hot dry conditions. Although mites have eight legs, they are not true spiders.

Size
1mm

Breeding
They lay small spherical transparent eggs



Classification
Class:Arachnida
Order:Prostigmata
Family:Tetranychidae
Genus:Tetranychidae family
Species:
Common Name:Spider Mite