Spider Mites

Courtesy of Paramecium Spider Mite Infestation
Courtesy of Gilles San Martin, Red Spider Mite Tetranychus urticae

Often seen on the underside of leaves where they will sap the life out of any plant.

Spider mites include about 1,200 species. They generally live on the undersides of leaves. They sometimes spin silk webs like that seen at your left. They will puncture the leaves to feed.

Spider mites are tiny, about 0.04 inch and will vary in color.

Effective Control Bugs: Ladybug, Pirate Bug, Praying Mantis


Courtesy of カキクダアザミウマ Ponticulothrips diospyros

Thrips (Order Thysanoptera), slender, small insects with fringed wings. Common names include thunderflies, thunderbugs, storm flies, thunderblights, storm bugs, corn flies and corn lice.

Thrips species feed on plants and animals by puncturing and sucking up the internal fluids. Thrips are not good flyers and are generally less than 1mm in length.

Like sheep and deer the name thrips is used for both the singular and plural.

Effective Control Bugs: Ladybug, Pirate Bug, Praying Mantis, Green Lacewing


Aphid – Acyrthosiphon pisum, by Shipher Wu
Courtesy of the Public Library of Science

Green apple aphid (Aphis pomi) – A, adult sexual female; B, adult male; C, young female; D, female laying an egg; E, eggs, which turn from green to black after they are laid – (Enlarged about 20 times)

Small sap-sucking insects, members of the superfamily Aphidoidea.

Aphids are among the most destructive insects for any gardener. Their length varies from 0.4 to .39 inches.

Their natural enemies include aphid midge larvae, crab spiders, hoverfly larvae, lacewings, ladybirds and parasitic wasps.

Effective Control Bugs (they will eat aphids): Ladybug, Pirate Bug, Praying Mantis, Green Lacewing