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Turfgrass Insects of the United States and Canada$
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Patricia J. Vittum

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781501747953

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501747953.001.0001

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Acarine Pests

Acarine Pests

(p.31) 4 Acarine Pests
Turfgrass Insects of the United States and Canada

Patricia J. Vittum

Cornell University Press

This chapter examines mites. Mites are arthropods in the class Arachnida, order Acari, and have several morphological and physiological characteristics that differ from insects. Many mites of economic importance in agriculture develop very rapidly and complete several generations each year. Mouthparts of mites are described as rasping and sucking — the mite rasps a wound on the surface of plant tissue and then laps or sucks up the resulting plant exudate. Several mites attack turfgrass in various regions of North America. The chapter then looks at the bermudagrass mite, the zoysiagrass mite, the buffalograss mite, the winter grain mite, the clover mite, and the banks grass mite.

Keywords:   mites, Arachnida, Acari, turfgrass mites, bermudagrass mite, zoysiagrass mite, buffalograss mite, winter grain mite, clover mite, banks grass mite

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