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.
Gorse spider mite webbing
in oakmoss lichen
en un dia lluvioso
A tiny red spider. Only 1mm in size.
葉蟎科 (Family Tetranychidae) > Tetranychus urticae??
En un dia lluvioso, buscando en donde protejerse
Pic 2 is a crop of pic 1
The biggest colony of gorse spider mites that I've come across. Blanketing most of the gorse in an area aprox 2m long by 1m wide.
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.