Phytoseiulus persimilis (predator)

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Phytoseiulus persimilis (click on image to enlarge it)
Author: Mick Talbot
Source: Wikimedia Commons

Phytoseiulus persimilis (predator) Athias-Henriot, 1957 - (red spider mite predator)

This predatory mite is widely used in greenhouses against spider mites (like the two-spotted spider mite, Tetranychus urticae) and has been produced commercially since the early 1970's. It is a voracious predator which can multiply faster than its prey.

The mite is specialized on spider mites producing dense webbing and live in groups. However, some individuals, especially young females, leave the group to search for new prey. The females are about 0.5 mm long and orange-red in colour.

Synonyms:
Amblyseius tardi
Phytoseiulus riegeli