MITES, TWO-SPOTTED: Spider, or Red Spider Mite

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by Robert M. [Bert] Hamilton (Compiler)

Originally published in The Orchid Doctor in 1980 and 1988

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They may be green, orange, pale yellow or red; the stippling is either whitish or brownish; damage is done on the underside of the leaves, with puncture wounds; sometimes the wounds acquire a watery surround; can cause cupping to the flower when they attack and enter the opening bud sheath and bud; cause raised, warty lumps or bumps on the flowers after attack the buds earlier; they thrive under dry conditions; whitish webs are evidence; use Dimite, Kelthane as miticides. A73-714
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MITES, TWO-SPOTTED: Biological Controls Predatory mites are available to combat them, in Australia two kinds are used called Typhlordromus occidentalis and Phytosemilus persimilis and are found in most cymbidium ranges. Au87(1)-13 0
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