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Two Spotted Mite
Mites are related to spiders as they have four
pairs of legs. Tiny pinkish-red mites cluster on
the underside of leaves often producing fine webbing.
Two spotted mites overwinter in protected places.
Two spotted mites are active in hot dry weather
when the life cycle from eggs to adults is completed
in a week. For this reason, mites can develop resistance
to pesticides fairly quickly. The mites dislike
moist humid conditions so overhead watering can
be useful as a control. Mites are often found on
plants that are growing in dry situations, (eg.
Yellow mottling or bronzing of the leaves similar
to lace bug damage. Significant distortion of flower
and leaf buds. Fine webbing can be seen on heavy
infestations. Severe infestations can cause defoliation
of affected plant parts.