Any of a number of small spider mites that can defoliate plants.
Webster's New World
red spider mite
Red Spider Sentence Examples
White or grey spots may be due to Peronospora, Erysiphe, Cystopus, Entyloma and other Fungi, the mycelium of which will be detected in the discoloured area; or they may be scale insects, or the results of punctures by Red-spider, &c. Yellow spots, and especially bright orange spots, commonly indicate Rust Fungi or other Uredineae; but Phyllosticta, Exoascus, Clasterosporium, Synchytrium, &c., also induce similar symptoms. Certain Aphides, Red-spider, Phylloxera and other insects also betray their presence by such spots.
When the vines are in flower, and when the fruit is colouring, the evaporating troughs should be kept dry, but the aridity must not be excessive, lest the red spider and other pests should attack the leaves.
Keep down red spider (Acarus) in the more advanced houses by frequent syringings and a well-moistened atmosphere.
The crop wasn't huge but, despite suffering red spider mite, they produced about six small aubergines from three plants.
May be attacked by aphids, vine weevil, slugs, leaf and bud eelworms and greenhouse red spider mite.