Western predatory mite
Identification tip: Western predatory mites are about the size of twospotted spider mites, but lack spots, range
in color from cream to amber red (depending on what they just recently consumed), and are shinier and more pear-shaped
than their prey. Predatory mites are more active than pest mites.
Predatory thrips: Six-spotted thrips
Identification tip: Thrips are tiny, 2 to 3 mm (less than 1/8 inch) in length, slender insects
with long fringes on the margins of their wings. Adults can be distinguished from other species by the three dark
spots on each wing
cover of the mostly pale-yellow adult. Nymphs are translucent white to yellow and difficult to discern from other
Predator: Stethorus larvae
Identification tip: Larvae are dull brown or black and have a velvety appearance.