- Adult: minute, whitish, greenish or reddish, often with a pair of spots on body, eight-legged, up to 1/50 in. long.
- Egg: spherical, shiny, straw-colored, attached to the underside of leaves, usually to the web which the adults spin.
- Small Nymph: yellowish or pale in color, six-legged.
- Large Nymph: like adults but slightly smaller.
- Larva: elongate, tapering posteriorly, generally dark with bright markings, and may be covered with spines.
- Generation Time: 5-19 days.
- Damage: lightly infested leaves have light-colored stippling, while heavily infested leaves often have reddish-brown necrotic blotches.
Spider Mite Pictures
a) may become abundant covering plant parts, especially lower leaf surfaces, with silk;
b) adult and egg of a common spider mite species. All lifestages occur primarily on lower leaf surfaces.
nymphs and adults cause stippling of upper surfaces of leaves by feeding with piercing-sucking mouthparts on lower surfaces of leaves.