Phytophagous mites and their predators, associated to fruit trees in Teziutlan, Puebla, Mexico.
A study was carried out to identify mites of fruit trees in Teziutlan, Puebla, Mexico. Collections were made from October 1997 to October 1998 on Persea americana (avocado), Prunus domestica (plum tree), Prunus persica (peach), Ficus carica (fig), Citrus aurantiifolia Swingle, Citrus limon (lemon), Malus sylvestris (apple tree), Citrus sinensis (orange), Eriobotrya japonica (loquat), Juglans major (pecan nut), Pyrus communis/Cydonia oblonga (pear/quince) and Pyrus communis (pear). Twelve species belonging to ten genera in the families Tetranychidae, Tenuipalpidae, Tydeidae, Phytoseiidae, Winterschmidtiidae, and Ascidae were collected. One family and one species (Czenspinskia transversostriata, Winterschmidtiidae) was recorded for the first time for the locality, Puebla State, and the country. Tetranychidae was the major family with four genera and five species. Panonychus citri and Oligonychus punicae were the species most frequently collected. Male of Brevipalpus lewisi is the first record in Mexico. Three genera and five species of Phytoseiidae were collected mainly in October. Mites were active from March to November, mostly in April. From December to February, none was collected.