Red Spider

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Common Name and Latin Name
The Common Name and Latin Name are as follows:
Common Name (s): Red Spider, Red Spider Mite, Velvet spider, Two spotted spider mite and over 60 other common names
Latin Name: Tetranychus urticae

The Red Spider is not an actual spider, it is in fact a member of the same species

Red Spider identification - what does it look like?
They are very small and hard to see with the naked eye, they are a reddish or greenish spot seen on plant leaves and stems

What do the Red Spider eat? What is its prey?
They feed on:

  • Plants
  • Most vegetables
  • Food crops
  • Ornamental roses

Facts and Information about the Red Spider
Did you know the following facts about the arachnid commonly known as the Red Spider?

  • Fact One - Predatory mites and insects that feed on spider mites provide a high level of natural pest control
  • Fact Two - Some spider mite species can hatch in as little as 3 days
  • Fact Three - Some spider mite species become sexually mature in as little as 5 days
  • Fact Four - Females can lay up to twenty eggs a day and live for 2 to 4 weeks
  • Fact Five - One single female spider mite can spawn a population of a million mites in a month
How big is the Red Spider?
The size of the Red Spider in an adult is 0.5 mm

What is the average life span of the Red Spider?
This type of spider lives on average for  2 to 4 weeks

Classification of the Red Spider
Species of spiders are classified according to shared physical characteristics. Spider taxonomy is the science of finding, describing, classifying and naming organisms in a hierarchical system. This method of classification helps when a description of 40,000 spiders is required! The organization of living things have seven major categories: Kingdom, Phylum, Class, Order, Family, Genus, Species. The classification of the Red Spider is as follows:

Kingdom: Animalia
(Kingdom relates to the highest taxonomic group into which organisms are grouped; one of five biological categories: Monera or Protoctista or Plantae or Fungi or Animalia) :

Phylum: Arthropoda
Phyla are groups of classes. A series of animals or plants genetically connected with shared characteristics. The second biggest grouping in taxonomy. Arthropoda are jointed-foot invertebrates: arachnids, crustaceans, insects etc

Class: Arachnida
A Class is a taxonomic group containing one or more orders. Arachnid  consist of any of the eight-legged creatures, including spiders and scorpions, of the class Arachnida

Order: Prostigmata
A taxonomic order, within the class Arachnida (spiders)

The Subclass is nother taxonomic category below a class and above an order which helps in the classification process

Family: Tetranychidae
Another taxonomic category below an order and above a genus which helps in the classification process.

Another taxonomic category below a family and above the level of species which helps in the classification process.

Specis is a taxonomic group whose members can interbreed.

Spider Exterminators - Pest Control 
Generally speaking, people do not like spiders especially Red Spiders and most of all, do not want them in their homes! There are many forms of pest control and ways to exterminate spiders such as Red Spiders. There are spider exterminators, services, spider zappers, spider traps, spider repeller, spider catchers, spider traps for the removal and extermination process. Advice is available on subjects such as pest controls, pest prevention, spider catchers, spider exterminators and how to kill spiders like Red Spiders. Some people would like to eliminate spiders from there homes completely, this can be very difficult as an open window on a summers day will allow spiders in, even opening your front door when entering and leaving will allow pesky spiders in. It is very easy to get rid of Red Spiders by catching them yourself. Its best not to kill spiders as they are very important in controlling the level of other insects that are pests.  

There are many different spiders which can be found in every region of the world. This article provides details, facts and information about the Red Spider including what the Red Spider looks like, it's description, classification, what it likes to eat and what are its natural enemies. There are also facts and information about the size of the Red Spider the habitat in which it  lives and an indication of how long it might live. Everything you wanted to know about the Red Spider - facts and info for kids, children and their teachers and for everyone interested in the facts about the Red Spider.

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