Can we use the social media for acarological research? The case of the phalaenopsis mite (Tenuipalpus pacificus Baker, 1945) (Acari: Tenuipalpidae) in Hungary.
We used social media to solicit observations of an invasive orchid pest, the phalaenopsis mite (Tenuipalpus pacificus Baker, 1945). We asked for suspected specimens of the mite from the public using two Facebook-groups and one Facebook-page. Eight leaf samples, highly infested by Tenuipalpus pacificus Baker, 1945, were sent to us by orchid owners. Despite the low number of submitted samples, this study still resulted in recording several new sites of occurrences of the pest.