Living With Oak Tree Mites

Mite Bite Reaction
Photo: Fox23 Tulsa

Dozens of students at Claremont School in Oklahoma developed bite induced rashes after attending a September football game. The culprit is thought to be a mite, Pyemotes herfsi, that has been introduced to North America from Europe. The mite is a predator of multiple species of insects including midges in the Genus Contarinia. Contarinia forms “leaf roll galls” on the margins of oak leaves. An earlier outbreak of mites in Kansas was associated with…

Source: Living With Insects Blog

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