National Trust Purbeck Wildlife

Mighty Mites

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gorse spider mitesA curious wildlife event is happening on the heath where millions of tiny gorse spider mites are clothing the bushes in fine, communal webs creating shining sculptures. These mites only live on gorse, feeding on the foliage and often causing serious damage to the plants. Consequently they have been introduced to Australia and New Zealand, where gorse is a highly invasive alien species, to control its spread.

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Author: Kevin Rideout

National Trust Visitor Experience Officer based at Studland

One thought on “Mighty Mites

  1. Interesting. Are they native to Dorset? Do Dartford Warblers enjoy them?

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