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Trombidiform Mites

Trombidiformes

Trombidiform Mites, Mites

A microscopic image of a mite in the Trombidiformes order
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Mites (Subclass: Acari) are arthropods closely related to spiders and ticks. In the past, mites have undergone numerous re-classifications due to limited knowledge. With continual technological advances, scientists are starting to learn more about this incredibly ancient group of arachnids. Trombidiformes now make up an Order containing mites of medical and agricultural importance. These include the renowned plant pests, gall-forming mites (Family: Eriophyidae) and spider mites (Tetranychidae).

Traits

Renowned plant pests that can do significant damage if undetected.

Appearance

Adults: Mites are so small (as tiny as a pinpoint!), so it's impossible to identify them with the naked eye. Tip* It's important to note that not all mites are necessarily harmful. While gardening outdoors, you may notice tiny, spider-like creatures scuttling about the soil media. These are most likely soil mites, and as a gardener, should be your friends. Mites which can be problematic include the spider mites and gall-forming mites. Both can be highly damaging, producing tell-tale symptoms in their plant victims.

Symptoms

Spider mites cause brown and yellow mottling on foliage. Wilting and dried up leaves. Gall-forming mites feed inside the plant. They cause tumour-like growths on plants.

Personality

Order

Trombidiformes

Distribution

Worldwide

Biological treatment

Search our Knowledgebase to learn more about treatments for the plant mites.

Attracts

Begonia

Begonia spp.

Ivy

Hedera spp.

Fuchsia

Fuchsia spp.

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