Extensive webbing caused by this harmful species.
Heavy infestation, first visible by the extensive webbing over the plants, and then by the dense red areas of these mites.
Very obvious at this time of year, and doing quite a bit of damage to gorse plants in the area.
We wish it success in controlling this pest plant.
Red/orange color; extremely tiny with forward extending legs.
This was a cool find. That might sound weird because you don't hear someone saying, "Ah dude I just found some mites." But I think they are really interesting. These guys matched the description on this site and that's what my ID is based on.
Crawling on top of a fungus
On worm farm
This is a Little red spider mite, found crawling on its web. The spider attached its web onto the surrounding leaves. The spider is using the environment to create its place of living. The spider is also getting the opportunity to catch prey like flies with its web. The relationship between the spider and the plant is a predator/prey adaptation.
Spider mites are members of the Acari (mite) family Tetranychidae, which includes about 1,200 species. They generally live on the undersides of leaves of plants, where they may spin protective silk webs, and they can cause damage by puncturing the plant cells to feed. Spider mites are known to feed on several hundred species of plants.