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  • Twospotted spider mite at top, Lewis mites in the group of three toward bottom.  Note the slightly larger size of the twospotted as compared to the Lewis.  Markings are larger and more distinct for twospotted spider mite, and less so and running all along the side for Lewis.
    Twospotted Spider Mite and Lewis Mite Side by Side

    Finally got the shot of twospotted spider mite and Lewis mite close to one another in the same picture for comparison. I've shared this with others, but these two mites tend not to be found together, and rather form colonies on different parts of the...


    By Mark Bolda
    Author - County Director, Santa Cruz County and Farm Advisor, Strawberries & Caneberries
  • Closer view.  Carmine mite among large infestation of twospotted spider mites.  Note late stage twospotted mite nymph at upper left.
    Carmine Mite in Strawberry - Addended

    This one doesn't show too much in strawberry here on the Central Coast, so I was glad when the sample was brought in to me.  Complaint was fairly significant numbers of a reddish mite mixed together with a mess of twospotted mite. Are these going to...


    By Mark Bolda
    Author - County Director, Santa Cruz County and Farm Advisor, Strawberries & Caneberries
  • Clear damage from bird feeding on what many know to be the seeds of strawberry.
    Birds Like Strawberry Too

    Most of you know that birds are a real terror in blueberry, so much that netting is mandatory for blueberry growers across the country.  Be it as it may that strawberries sustain a lot less damage from birds than do blueberry, strawberry growers are...


    By Mark Bolda
    Author - County Director, Santa Cruz County and Farm Advisor, Strawberries & Caneberries
  • 2021 Annual Strawberry Meeting Now Open

    Our meeting is now open for access. This has been a massive undertaking for presenters, organizers and tech people, but here we are, good to go.  As I've stated before, videos are on-demand, so can be viewed at your leisure and when your powers of...


    By Mark Bolda
    Author - County Director, Santa Cruz County and Farm Advisor, Strawberries & Caneberries
  • LBAM Certified Scout Training Now Online

    So this year you don't have to hassle with coming down to my office, partake in less than premium coffee and miss some of your morning work on the farm.  The Certified Scout training for LBAM is on youtube this year.   I've...


    By Mark Bolda
    Author - County Director, Santa Cruz County and Farm Advisor, Strawberries & Caneberries
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