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)



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).


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