While taking a photo of the Abutilon buds, I noticed these tiny mites.
This one was in a waxed bean plant. The spider mite is only about a millimeter across.
Massive infestation on short grazed plants of gorse. Still expanding.
The spider mite is to the right of the grasshopper!
On helianthus annuus leaves
Went to water a hibiscus pot plant and found it covered in what at first glance looked like plastic, but turns oout to be a web covered in mites.
Was moving around a bit then stayed still, on top of the leaf.
Looked like a tick? Moved like a spider. Found on a scotch thistle.
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.