Euseius tularensis female
Identification tip: This predatory mite (photo left)
turns reddish when it feeds on citrus red mite (right). Euseius is
white or yellow when it feeds on leaf sap, pollen, or
Citrus red mite virus
Identification tip: Virus-infected citrus red mites move
slowly, curl their legs under the body, and finally
die. Once sustained hot weather occurs beginning in
about June, a virus epidemic in combination with the
heat sometimes rapidly reduces citrus red mite populations.
Identification tip: Spider mite destroyer is a
tiny, shiny black predaceous lady beetle. Adults have
a very finely punctured surface covered with pale,
Sixspotted thrips adult
Identification tip: Three dark blotches on
each pale forewing distinguish this mite predator. Adults
and larvae have a yellow to whitish body.
Identification tip: Larvae of green
lacewings, and dustywings have distinct legs, are tapered
at the tail, and resemble tiny alligators. They feed
on mites and small insects by puncturing prey with
their tubular, sucking mandibles.