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Spider Mite Destroyer (Stethorus punctum picipes); - Stethorus punctum

Spider Mite Destroyer (Stethorus punctum picipes); - Stethorus punctum
Madrona Marsh Preserve, Torrance, Los Angeles County, California, USA
November 17, 2009
Size: ~ 1.5 mm
Found a few of these hairy, big-eyed pinheads on California Bush Sunflower (Encelia californica), also known as California Brittlebush.

I settled on Spider Mite Destroyer (Stethorus punctum picipes), as this is the only Stethorus (sub-)species recorded from California.

They are usually found in leaf litter this time of the year, but that may be the case for the east and mid-west, where Stethorus punctum is more widespread.

Feedback is highly appreciated !

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Moved
Moved from ID Request.

 
Thanks for creating a new BugGuide species page, Tim !
Would it be possible to add the common name: "Spider Mite Destroyer" in the header of this brand new page ?
As this common name applies to the species (i.e. all the subspecies) in general.
It will also highlight their beneficial role from an agricultural perspective.

 
done :-)
I added the common name, and I can fill in more of the info page later - size, description, habitat, food, etc.

got it
I'd say you got it.

 
Thanks a lot, Tim !
That's much appreciated !

Success with your backyard survey !

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