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Natural Enemies of Mites

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Euseius tularensis female
Euseius tularensis female
Identification tip: This predatory mite (photo left) turns reddish when it feeds on citrus red mite (right). Euseius is white or yellow when it feeds on leaf sap, pollen, or citrus thrips.

 Citrus red mite virus
Citrus red mite virus
Identification tip: Virus-infected citrus red mites move slowly, curl their legs under the body, and finally die. Once sustained hot weather occurs beginning in about June, a virus epidemic in combination with the heat sometimes rapidly reduces citrus red mite populations.

Spider mite destroyer adult
Spider mite destroyer adult
Identification tip: Spider mite destroyer is a tiny, shiny black predaceous lady beetle. Adults have a very finely punctured surface covered with pale, minute hairs.

Sixspotted thrips adult
Sixspotted thrips adult
Identification tip: Three dark blotches on each pale forewing distinguish this mite predator. Adults and larvae have a yellow to whitish body.

Lacewing larva
Lacewing larva
Identification tip: Larvae of green lacewings, brown lacewings, and dustywings have distinct legs, are tapered at the tail, and resemble tiny alligators. They feed on mites and small insects by puncturing prey with their tubular, sucking mandibles.

 

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