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Blackberry & Red Berry Mites - Is this picture the mites???

Posted by scuzzynutty CA (My Page) on
Sat, May 25, 13 at 13:24

I've had a redberry mite problem on my blackberry bush for the past 2 years losing half my crop. Finally decided to do something about it this year and I've been spraying Neem Oil twice now the past 3 weeks.

I see all this tiny black stuff on some of the leaves, are these dead redberry mites, or does anyone know what this is? The attached picture is a macro pic...


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RE: Blackberry & Red Berry Mites - Is this picture the mites???

No not mites...leaves are probably a little sticky so detritus is sticking to them. The black stuff does look like insect frass though.

RE: Blackberry & Red Berry Mites - Is this picture the mites???

The frass indicates you have some chewed leaves above the frass deposit.

Mites would more likely be a pale color and no larger than the whitish specks on your leaf. When alive, they scurry quickly, can traverse a whole leaf in a few seconds.

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