Tetranychus urticae

Two-spotted spider mite


Two-spotted spider mite (Tetranychus urticae) is a pest of many crops throughout the world. Despite their small size, they are capable of very rapidly doing severe damage, due to their great reproductive capacity. There are more than 1200 species worldwide and many of them are major crop pests. The two-spotted spider mite (Tetranychus urticae) is by far the most important species in greenhouses and many outdoor crops.

About Spider mite


Life cycle and appearance of Spider mite

Two-spotted spider mites (Tetranychus urticae) pass through the following developmental stages: egg, larva, protonymph, deutonymph, and adult. In the larval and nymphal stages, an active period and a resting period of roughly equal duration can be distinguished. Eggs are usually found on the underside of leaves. They have an oval body that is rounded at the rear end. Their colour can vary from orange, light yellow or light green to dark green, red, brown, or almost black.

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