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Meet Persimilis, Saver of the Strawberries


SEM of a carmine predator mite
Phytoseiulus persimilis. (CryoSEM, ARS Systematic Entomology Laboratory)

Scientific NamePhytoseiulus persimilis Athias-Henriot

Common Name:  Carmine predator mite

Friend or Pest (or both):  Friend.

Region and Diet?  It is a cosmopolitan mite that eats other mites and insect pests (and their eggs).

Impact on agriculture?  High. Farmers enlist this predator mite as a biocontrol agent to attack and feast on many mites and bugs that destroy strawberries and other crops inside greenhouses and fields. Check out this video from PBS: