T.E.R:R.A.I.N - Taranaki Educational Resource: Research, Analysis and Information Network


Mite (Red) Family: Tetranychidae Genera

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Chelicerata
Class: Arachnida
Subclass: Acari
Superorder: Acariformes
Order: Prostigmata
Suborder: Eleutherengona
Superfamily: Tetranychoidea
Family: Tetranychidae
Genera Species: There are many up 1600

Spider mites are members of the Acari (mite) family Tetranychidae, which includes about 1600 species. These creatures have eight legs rather than the six typical of insects. They generally live on the undersides of leaves of plants, where they may spin protective silk webs, and they can cause damage by puncturing the plant cells to feed. Spider mites are known to feed on several hundred species of plant. Spider mites are less than 1 mm in size and vary in colour. They lay small, spherical, initially transparent eggs and many species spin silk webbing to help protect the colony from predators; they get the 'spider' part of their common name from this webbing.



 

Thanks to Wikipedia for text and information: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/