Photo 2. Galls of hibiscus mite, Eriophyes hibisci, at the margins and also in the middle of the leaf.
Photo 4. Galls of hibiscus mite, Eriophyes hibisci; note that the galls are mostly at the margins of the leaves and on the petioles, and they are in small groups.
Photo 5. Severe distortion of leaves by the Hibiscus mite, Eriophyes hibisci. Numerous small hairs can be seen on the deformed leaves at the centre of the photo.
Hibiscus mite, hibiscus erineum mite, hibiscus leaf-crumpling mite. The word "erineum" is a botanical term meaning tuft of hairs. This describes the felt-like appearance of the galls.
AUTHOR Grahame Jackson
Information from Hara A, Tsuda D, Tavares J, Yogi J, Hensley D (2001) Hibiscus erineum mite. Cooperative Extension Service, College of Tropical Agriculture & Human Resources, University of Hawaii at Manoa. Photos 1-3 Richard Markham, ACIAR, Canberra. Photos 4-6 Frank Visser, Key Industries, New Zealand.
Produced with support from the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research under project PC/2010/090: Strengthening integrated crop management research in the Pacific Islands in support of sustainable intensification of high-value crop production, implemented by the University of Queensland and the Secretariat of the Pacific Community.
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