Red spider mite
Red Spider Mite
A single red spider mite
Scientific Classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Arachnida
Subclass: Acari
Order: Trombidiformes
Family: Tetranychidae
Genus: Tetranychus
Species: Tetranychus urticae
Red spider mite
Two-spotted spider mite

The Red spider mite (Tetranychus urticae), also known as the two-spotted spider mite is one of many species of plant-feeding mites found in dry environments, and generally considered a pest. It is the most widely known member of the family Tetranychidae or spider mites.

During the summer, T. urticae has a greenish brown appearance with two darker spots, but as winter approaches it gains a strong red color.


A pale mottling is visible on the upper surface of the leaves. Tiny mites can be found on the underside.[1]



Spray thoroughly with derris.[2]


Mist the leaves regularly with plain water.[1]



  1. a b Hessayon, D.G. (2009). The Vegetable & Herb Expert. Transworld Publishers, London. p. 12. ISBN 9780903505468
  2. How to Get Rid Of Spider Mites: Management in Home Gardens
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