Caught in pitfall trap in the garden. I've identified the species as Tetranychus Lintearius, although I am not 100% sure on this, corrections are welcome.
Long-nosed red mite.
in insect blunder trap
Identified based on signs on plant and presence of mites on underside of leaf.
On gorse (Ulex europaeus). Introduced to NZ as a biocontrol agent for gorse. Causing obvious damage on stressed plants in a pine plantation.
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.