Carmine spider mites (Tetranychus cinnabarinus) are a red morphotype of Tetranychus urticae, oval, bright red colored with prominent legs.
Red spider mite usually favor the underside of leaves and can cause the leaves to curl downwards and often, the leaves turn yellow on the upper side (of the leaves), directly opposite the feeding area.
These mites can also be found on the fruit. Fine strands of webbing may be noted in infested areas. Red spider mite can cause russeting or browning of the fruit (similar to rust mite damage), which, if severe, can result in economic loss at harvest time. If the infestation is left untreated, red spider mite can cause defoliation.
There are specific natural enemies for different species of mites.
For more information contact your local BioBee field agent.