oa Journal of the Entomological Society of Southern Africa - The taxonomic status of the Red Spider Mite on deciduous fruit trees in the Western Cape (Acarina: Tetranychidae)

Volume 26, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0013-8789



A common red spider mite, hitherto popularly called the two-spotted mite, is a well-known pest of a variety of crops and plants in the Republic of South Africa (Ryke & Meyer, 1958). According to Meyer and Ryke (1959), Tetranychus bimaculatus Harvey was the name commonly used for this mite and this name was also accepted for the red spider occurring on deciduous fruit trees in the Western Cape (Georgala, 1955). The identity of this mite on deciduous fruit trees was confirmed by Dr A. E. Pritchard of the University of California, U.S.A. on samples sent to him (Georgala, 1954).

Loading full text...

Full text loading...


Article metrics loading...


This is a required field
Please enter a valid email address
Approval was a Success
Invalid data
An Error Occurred
Approval was partially successful, following selected items could not be processed due to error