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Most false spider mites (Tenuipalpidae) are brick-red to yellow in colour. They have the same body shape as spider mites but are usually smaller. The different species all look very similar. False spider mites pass through the same developmental stages as spider mites: egg, larva, protonymph, deutonymph and adult. They move slowly and are mostly found along the veins on the underside of leaves. The mites are flattened and egg-shaped when seen from above, with their dorsal surface showing a net-like pattern. The eggs are a clear red colour and elliptical in shape. They are laid in a fold in the leaf or along the mid-vein, often in dense clusters of several hundreds.


False spider mites (Tenuipalpidae) are usually found on the underside of leaves where they cause a brown, scabby discolouration spreading from both sides of the main vein into the leaf blade. The damage often leads to premature ageing of the plant. In some crops, plants can become misshapen, presumably because the mites secrete a substance while feeding, that is poisonous to the plant. In places where mites have been feeding, collapsed patches can often be found. The false spider mite (Brevipalpusphoenicis) also feeds on fruits of for instance citrus, papaya and pomegranate. Several Brevipalpus species are known to transmit plant viruses. Unlike most true spider mites, false spider mites (Tenuipalpidae) do not produce webs.
Fuck me, your right.... good eye on that one.
 

sshz

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Russet mites do not spin webs either. See below:

Russet Mites

Russet can be identified by its wedge shape and only having two front legs. As adults they appear to be yellow and are conical in shape. Russet mite infestations will always progress up a plant leaving lower leaves and stems drained that has a bronzed and will have a greasy appearance.

Russet mite infestations do not web up plants when they become large making them hard to identify unless seen under a scope. A 60X scope is more then enough to spot this invasive pest. The “tacoing effect “of leaves and bronzing can appear as a nutrient or dry down issue and will affect the entire plant when populations become large enough. The damage caused by this pest will have a severe effect on growth and bud/fruit production. Noticing the signs early and consistently checking your crop as preventative care is important.
 

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MountainBudz

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Not all mites produce webs……I stand by my diagnosis.

I just recently fought a severe thrip infestation for the first time in my life... After having previous experience with spider mites, the damage on the leaves resembled mite damage to a T... The only difference was, thrips don't care for the flowers. They mostly leave the buds alone.
 

sshz

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It’s pretty easy to tell the difference between mites and thrips though…..

Thrips are tiny and can move or jump quickly, meaning you might miss them without a keen eye. But you might see small black spots about the size of a pin's head near damaged spots. This is thrips poop. Yep, they eat your plant and then leave their poop as thanks.
 

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Blue Star S1 - RKS pheno . She absolutely reeks. Greasy resin.
 

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