New Featured Creatures! Amblyseius swirskii. By Doğramaci, Kakkar and Arthurs.

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Adult Amblyseius swirskii feeding on thrips larvae. Photograph by Steven Arthurs, University of Florida.

We are pleased to announce a new beneficial predatory mite Featured Creatures!

Amblyseius swirskii is a beneficial predatory mite endemic to the Eastern Mediterranean region. This species is considered a generalist predator, and readily consumes small soft-bodied pest species as well as pollen or plant exudates. Amblyseius swirskii has attracted substantial interest as a biological control agent of mites, thrips and whiteflies in greenhouse and nursery crops and is currently reared and sold commercially in Europe and North America for this purpose.

Authors: Mahmut Doğramaci, Garima Kakkar and Steven Arthurs, Entomology and Nematology Department, University of Florida

Available at: http://entomology.ifas.ufl.edu/Creatures/BENEFICIAL/swirksi_mite.htm

Thanks to Dr. Jennifer Gillett-Kaufman (gillett@ufl.edu ) for her submission of this UF-IFAS Featured Creatures Publication!