and confirmation—Citrus bud mite
Citrus bud mites are very small—only about 0.2 mm long,
so you need at least a 14X lens to see them. A bud mite
population can increase rapidly in infested buds or under
fruit sepals during the summer. Populations peak in the summer,
and summer and fall blooms are more likely to suffer damage.
Don't confuse bud mites with spider
mites, which are rounder and larger, usually have two spots, and
often produce webbing. Predatory
mites are clear and move rapidly.
with a hand lens for mites