Bean red spider mite Tetranychus ludeni

Commonly known as the dark-red spider mite, red-legged spider mite or bean mite, this species is found on over 300 plant species world wide including bean, eggplant, hibiscus, pumpkin and other cucurbits in warm areas. It is a common pest on greenhouse crops in temperate areas.

Eggs are usually laid on the underside of leaves, are spherical in shape and pale yellow in colour. Adults are dark crimson red but lack the two dark spots that two spotted mites have. Legs are often dark red as well. This species is very similar in general ap-pearance to Tetranychus cinnabarinus. 

The life cycle of the bean spider mite is very similar to that of the two spotted mite.

Control with Phytoseiulus persimilis (Persimilis), Neoseiulus californicus (Californicus).


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