False spider mite

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Scientific name: Brevipalpus californicus Banks

Other name: Red flat mite


Leaves dry up when attacked by false spider mite (E. A. Vasquez).

Diagnostic summary

  • What they do to plants

- suck the sap from the petiole and leaves causing  back of leaves to be scorched and dotted with whitish feeding punctures. The leaf may curl, turn yellowish brown and drop prematurely to the ground.

  • Found worldwide.

  • High infestation occurs during the dry season.

  • Feed on a wide variety of plants including many crops and ornamentals.


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Biology and Ecology

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