Pest description and crop damage Tiny mites (Eriophyidae) infest growing tips, young leaves, and blooms and cause distorted, twisted, and blistered growth. They are primarily in coastal areas. They are spread by wind and by movement of infested stock.
Predatory mites are important biological control agents.
Fuchsia species and cultivars differ widely in susceptibility to these mites. For resistant and susceptible clones, see p. 486 in W.T. Johnson and H.H. Lyon (1991), Insects That Feed on Trees and Shrubs, 2nd ed., Cornell University Press.