Spider mite, SEM

Spider mite, SEM

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Caption: Spider mite. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of the head of a spider mite (Tetranychus sp.). This plant parasite is found on vegetable crops, fruit trees and flowers. It feeds on the leaf sap, which causes leaves to mottle, turn yellow and fall off. The spider mite is named due to its ability to spin a web, which it does across a leaf surface that secures and protects it against predators.

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