You are using an old browser that may not function as expected.
For a better, safer browsing experience, please upgrade your browser.

Log in Become a Member

Predatory mites

Predatory arachnids (Gamasida), which as parasites are among the most important and effective beneficial insects in viticulture. The insects, which belong to the mite order, are found on numerous plants. They are characterised by mouthparts with scissor-like graspers and clear scales on the top and underside of the body. The most important representative is the species Typhlodromus pyri, which measures around 0.3 to 0.5 millimetres. It has a pear-shaped body with four pairs of legs and a milky white to brownish colour.

Rabmilbe Typhlodromus pyri - beim Fraß von Spinnmilben

Preying insects

The females overwinter in bark scribbles on the stem, and in spring the eggs are laid on the undersides of the leaves. The hatched adults feed mainly on the most harmful mite species for viticulture: the red spider mite, curly mite and pox mite (leaf gall mite), as well as vine thrips and cicadas and their eggs. After being eaten by red spiders, they turn a reddish colour (picture right).

Voices of our members

Prof. Dr. Walter Kutscher

In the past, you needed a wealth of encyclopaedias and specialist literature to keep up to date in your vinophile professional life. Today, Wine lexicon from wein.plus is one of my best helpers and can rightly be called the "bible of wine knowledge".

Prof. Dr. Walter Kutscher
Lehrgangsleiter Sommelierausbildung WIFI-Wien

The world's largest Lexicon of wine terms.

26,427 Keywords · 47,031 Synonyms · 5,321 Translations · 31,760 Pronunciations · 207,670 Cross-references
made with by our author Norbert F. J. Tischelmayer. About the Lexicon