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Houseplant pest

Houseplant pest
Kerr County, Texas, USA
February 15, 2006
Size: <0.5 mm
These little things are on a houseplant. They weave very fine webs.

They are fairly sedentary. Are they Spider Mites? They are smaller than the spider mites that I see pictures of here.

Moved from Spider Mites.

Moved from Spider Mites.

Spider Mites
I don't have a lot of experience with spider mites, but it's my assumption that if it's a mite that can spin a web it's a type of spider mite. I believe spider mites belong to the family Tetranychidae. See this page for comparison shots and info.

Thanks, Lynette. I do beli
Thanks, Lynette.

I do believe you are right. I checked the link you sugested as well as several others, and they do appear to be Tetranychidae spider mites.


from far away,
they look like velvet mites from here.
they might be velvet mites because of leg arrangement. the size also agrees with a velvet mite. i also see tiny eggs they might be feeding on if they are velvet mites. also, if they are velvet mites the web does not belong to them since they cannot weave webs. some velvet mites are parasites of other arachnids, including spiders.

they might not be velvet mites because the adults like to stay in the soil or wet woodland where it is more humid. these guys look like they are adults if they were velvet mites.

sorry i couldn't give you a definite answer

check this link out. if they looked like these guys, they would be velvet mites :)

Hi, Omar. I don't think th
Hi, Omar.

I don't think they are Velvet Mites. They are on a houseplant that's been indoors all winter. Also, I'm quite sure that the webs you see were indeed made by these critters.


Great Image.
Just have to compliment Ed on a really wonderful shot of these organisms. Welcome to Bugguide, Ed!

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