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DAMAGE

The mite feeding on the plant cell contents leaves a distinct pattern of damage visible on both sides of the leaf. The feeding site damage is yellow and may look similar to variegation. This damage is thought to vary slightly amongst the bamboo mite species and may be a helpful indicator of which species is present. Research by Yu Huaxing and Shi Jimao (mentioned in Insect Pests of Bamboos in Asia), measured a population of Schizotetranychid mites in an outbreak on bamboo in China, averaging 85.2 mites per leaf, and the impact of their damage on new shoot production was quantified as a 200 kg per hectare reduction.


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Damage along vein

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Severe damage

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Fecal spots (leaf underside)

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Fecal spot closeup (leaf underside)

 

 

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