Galendromus occidentalis (predator)
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Galendromus occidentalis (predator) (Nesbitt, 1951) - (western predatory mite)
This mite is an effective predator of spider mites of the genus Tetranychus and can penetrate the dense webbing of these pest mites. For example, it is often used against the two-spotted spider mite (Tetranychus urticae). It is also used against the citrus red mite (Panonychus citri).
G. occidentalis occurs in western North America but is frequently imported into other region. In the field there can be up to 8-10 generations per year. The mite is produced commercially and can be stored at temperatures of 8-9°C and at 95% RH for several weeks.