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Predatory Mite

Neoseiulus (=Amblyseius) fallacis

 

Description- This mite species is white-color when born, achieves a body size of 0.5 mm, and is pear-shaped.  After feeding, it takes on the color of its prey (usually red or brown).  

Host Pest-The N. fallacis will feed on spider mites, tumid mites, and other pest mites.

Biology-This species lives for approximately 20 days, with females laying a lifetime average of 40-60 eggs.  Once the eggs hatch, N. fallacis nymphs start feeding on the pest mite's eggs, larvae, and adults.  An advantage to this predator is that, when pest mites (=prey) are not present, they can maintain themselves by feeding on pollen.

 

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