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By Doug Phillips
Blueberry Extension Coordinator
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Blueberry Bud Mite, Acalitus vaccini (Keifer) on Southern Highbush Blueberry in Florida

Updated: Nov 3, 2021

Elke Weibelzahl and Oscar E. Liburd


The blueberry bud mite (blueberry bud mite), Acalitus vaccinii (Keifer), is an important pest of Vaccinium spp. Lowbush, highbush and rabbiteye blueberries are known hosts to this mite. It was first described by H. H. Keifer in 1939 as Eriophyes vaccinii Keifer, but had caused considerable damage in cultivated blueberries in North Carolina for several years previously (Fulton 1940). This publication provides some guidelines for the recognition and control of the blueberry bud mite.

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