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acerola



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PostPosted: Sun Aug 31, 2008 5:24 am    Post subject: Red Spider Mite Reply with quote

There is some tomato on our balcony. An unwanted photographic subject appeared on it. Here is the result. It has two tiny red spot, I think it is its eyes. One of them is over and slightly right from the base of the second leg, the other one is just on the upper edge above the firs one.






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PostPosted: Sun Aug 31, 2008 5:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh I like that!

How did you manage to pose him like that?
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acerola



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PostPosted: Sun Aug 31, 2008 5:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just added another picture.
I tried a short interval in the freezer. The second picture was the earlier. It just started to move at the end of the stack, so I could not use some of the images.
Longer time in the freezer stopped it completely without much disorder of the pose.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 31, 2008 5:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Didn't think it would look this gross at that level of magnification. The visible innards not helping either.

That's quite a feat being able to stack a life bug as restless as this mite.
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Aynia



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PostPosted: Sun Aug 31, 2008 6:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Second one is nicely done.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 31, 2008 9:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow! I'm speechless - nothing else to add ... for the moment.

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 31, 2008 9:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Interesting! Did he eventually wake up after the second time in the freezer?

Very nice results anyway!
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 31, 2008 9:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't think it survived the second session. It moved a little when the ice crystals melted on the leaf, but remained motionless after.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 31, 2008 11:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very impressive images Péter!
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 31, 2008 2:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great images, Péter! I remember these beasts well from a class on plant pathology I took. Yes, the red spots should be the eyes. The species could be Tetranychus urticae, but I know hardly anything about spider mite taxonomy.
The details of the leaf, like the plant hairs and stomata in the photos, are a real add-on .

--Betty
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 01, 2008 1:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Strangely enough, red spider mites mostly look rather green, with those large dark internal areas. Another pest mite of food crops is Panonychus ulmi. I don't have the time to try to sort this out further.

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 01, 2008 1:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Most of the time they are lighter in color. But the overwintering females turn darker at the end of autumn, as far as I know. This must be this colored state.
It might be some dark antifreeze substance. Laughing As I could not freeze it easily. Smile
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 01, 2008 5:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was happilly thinking this was the beginning of autumn.... Confused

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 01, 2008 5:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fantastic images!! Applause Applause
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