Landcare Research - Manaaki Whenua

Landcare-Research -Manaaki Whenua


Order: Acarina

Size range

  • Tiny, some microscopic. Red mite only 0.4 mm diameter


  • Worldwide, many different types
  • Found in most habitats and many different situations

Life History

  • Pests on fruit and vegetables. Cause galls on some plants. Associated with food which has been stored for a long time. Parasitic on insects. Dust mites – microscopic, can trigger asthma in susceptible people. Very common in leaf litter
  • Immature stages may have only six legs

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