Wheat Curl Mite, Eriophyes tulipae

Hosts: Wheat, etc.
Symptoms: Mites are not true insects, but are closely related to ticks and spiders. Sausage shaped, white, about 1/100 inches long. Requires a magnifying glass to see it on the leaf. While this mite can cause direct injury to wheat, it is an important pest because it transmits Wheat Streak Mosaic virus. Feeding causes leaves to roll up, giving the leaf an "onion leaf" appearance. Mites can be seen by carefully unrolling the leaves, and examining it with a 10X hand lens.
Control: Please contact your local county extension office for current information.
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