Carmine Mite in Strawberry
This one doesn't show too much in strawberry here on the Central Coast, so I was glad when the sample was brought in to me. Complaint was fairly significant numbers of a reddish mite mixed together with a mess of twospotted mite. Are these going to cause a problem was the question. Given that the carmine mites here are few in number and, as per the UC IPM website, tend to decline anyway as the temperatures warm in the spring, my call was to focus on the vast numbers of twospotted spider mite here.
I'm not going to restate the excellent information provided by colleague Shimat Joseph several years on the Salinas Valley Agriculture blog, so here is the link:
Initial view of a carmine spider mite, ostensibly larger, distinctly red mite, surrounded by mostly nymphal stages of twospotted spider mite.
Closer view. Carmine mite among large infestation of twospotted spider mites. Note late stage twospotted mite nymph at upper left.