European red mite
Panonychus ulmi (Koch)
Adult female European red mites are less than 0.5 mm and dark red with eight legs. Adult males are smaller than the females and have a pointed abdomen. Males are usually dull green to brown.
Mites hatch in the spring from tiny, spherical eggs laid around cane nodes and under loose bark. These eggs can be detected by scouting in early spring. Although several generations can occur each season, populations rarely increase enough to cause significant damage because predatory mites usually prevent their growth.
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