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Natural Enemies of Mites

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  • Amblyseius (Neoseiulus) californicus
  • Spider mite destroyer
  • Franklinothrips orizabensis
  • Sixspotted thrips
  • Black hunter thrips
  • Banded thrips
  • Green lacewing
  • Brown lacewing
  • Dustywing larva

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Adult Amblyseius (Neoseiulus) californicus
Amblyseius (Neoseiulus) californicus adult
Identification tip: Predatory mite eating a pest mite egg. Several predatory mite species occur in avocado.

Spider mite destroyer, Stethorus picipes
Spider mite destroyer, Stethorus picipes, adult
Identification tip: Adults and larvae of this lady beetle feed almost entirely on mites.

Adult Franklinothrips vespiformis
Franklinothrips orizabensis adult predatory thrips
Identification tip: Eats mites, thrips, and other pests such as avocado lace bug.

Sixspotted thrips feeding on mites
Sixspotted thrips adult
Identification tip: Scolothrips sexmaculatus feeds mostly on mites.
Black hunter thrips larva
Black hunter thrips, Leptothrips mali
Identification tip: This dark brown or entirely black species preys on mites and certain other pests such as scales.
Banded thrips
Banded thrips, Aeolothrips fasciatus
Identification tip: This predatory thrips feeds on pests such as mites, whiteflies, and other thrips species.
Green lacewing
Green lacewing larva
Identification tip: Larvae (and adults in certain species) prey on mites and various soft-bodied insects, including caterpillars, leafhoppers, mealybugs, and whiteflies.
Brown lacewing
Brown lacewing adult
Identification tip: Both larvae and adults feed on mites and soft-bodied insects, especially aphids, mealybugs, scales, and whiteflies.
Larva of a dustywing, Conwentzia barretti
Dustywing larva
Identification tip: Dustywing larvae feed on all mite stages and virtually any tiny insect they can capture.

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