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Aculops lycopersici (Massee)
Vasates lycopersici, Vasates destructor Keifer,

Arachnida, Acari, Eriophyidae .

Tomato russet mite

Description, Biology, Life Cycle, Damage, Common Names, Images

- Adult: 0.12 to 0.15 mm long, shiny pale yellow (*) .
- Egg: spherical, milky white, 0.02 mm diameter.

- Host plants: this mite develops on all the aerial parts of tomato and potato, nightshades (Solanum nigrum, S. villosum, S. nodiflorum), Datura and Petunia.

[R]Life Cycle
The complete life-cycle lasts 1 week.
- Damage appears on the green parts of tomato in the shape of bronzed and shiny, isolated then confluent plates which often crack longitudinally; the leaves turn yellow then take on a silvery or bronzed brown coloration (*) ; they dry up then drop (*) .
- A large proportion of the flowers develops imperfectly, the fruit remain small in size and ripen with difficulty.

[R]Common Names
DE: Bronzenfleckenmilbe der Tomate ES: Acaro del bronceado del tomate FR: Agent de l'acariose bronzée de la tomate IT: Eriofide rugginoso del pomodoro PT: Ácaro do bronzeamento do tomateiro GB: Tomato russet mite

[R] Images

  1. Aculops lycopersici (Massee) (SPV)
    Acariose bronzée de la tomate Leaves are taking on a bronze or silvery colour.
  2. Aculops lycopersici (Massee) (Keifer)
  3. Aculops lycopersici (Massee) (Cotton D. / INRA Montpellier)
    Damage on tomato Infestations lead to the complete and sudden drying up of the plant.

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