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Pepper Insect Pests
Damage is usually confined to undersides of leaves, where
areas between veins are brownish and dried out and brittle in
severe cases. Young leaves are cupped downward and
narrower than normal.
Individuals are extremely small, about the size of a grain of
sand, and not clearly visible to the naked eye. They are found
in groups hidden around the mid-vein on the undersides of the
leaves. They appear crablike and are yellow or white.
Where to look
Locate leaves with a brownish cast, preferably young leaves
that are beginning to curl under. With a 10x magnifying glass,
look at areas on the undersides of the leaves around the mid-
vein. There you should see the crablike mites. Definitive
identification of species should be reserved for an expert.
Females lay eggs singly on the surface of the leaves. These
eggs are white, oval, and extremely large compared to adults
that lay them. Populations are continual but appear to be
limited at high temperatures. Broad mites also feed on
tomato, potato, beans, and pepper.
To be added later.
Figure of mite
Last updated: 2001.
Information from: Field Guide: Insect Pests of Selected Vegetables in Tropical and Subtropical
Asia. 1995. B.L. Parker, N.S. Talekar and M. Skinner. Publication 94-427. Pest control
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