European red mite—Panonychus
Immature mites are bright red, except just after molting, when they appear bright green. The green color
turns to red after the mites resume feeding. Adults are dark red and have white spots at the base of
the long hairs on the back.
Mite feeding causes leaves to lighten in color, becoming mottled or stippled. Prolonged feeding by heavy
populations eventually causes leaf bronzing or burning.
Numerous predators feed on red mites. In-season sprays for red mites are not usually necessary or advisable
in the home orchard.
European red mite adult
on leaf surface caused by red mites