Aceria sheldoni

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Aceria sheldoni damage on lemon (click on image to enlarge it)
Author(s): Giancarlo Dessì
Source: Wikimedia Commons

Aceria sheldoni (Ewing) - (citrus bud mite)

This minute mite (length < 0.2 mm) is an important pest in many citrus growing regions throughout the world. It feeds inside the axillary buds before these open, causing deformed twigs, leaves, flowers and fruits which often drop. Growth is already affected by 1-3 mites per bud. However, citrus trees are apparently able to tolerate high levels of infestations.

Synonyms:
Eriophyes sheldoni

Vernacular names
• Deutsch: Zitrusgallmilbe
• English: citrus bud mite
• Español: acaro de las yemas del limonero
• Français: phytopte des bourgeons des citrus
• Português: ácaro-das-gemas