Halotydeus destructor

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red-legged earth mites (click on image to enlarge it)
Source: CSIRO - Wikimedia Commons

Halotydeus destructor (Tucker) - (red-legged earth mite)

symptoms of damage caused by the red-legged earth mite (click on image to enlarge it)
Source: CSIRO - Wikimedia Commons

The mite is a pest of leguminous pastures and other crops in Australia and New Zealand. It was apparently introduced into southern Australia from South Africa in the early 1900s. The mite feeds on the epidermal cells of the leaves, leading to leaf damage and death of seedlings. The eggs go into diapause during hot summers and outbreaks often develop after autumn rains, coinciding with crop or pasture emergence.