Midori Fukaya, Ryuji Uesugi, Hirokazu Ohashi, Yuta Sakai, Masaaki Sudo, Atsushi Kasai, Hidenari Kishimoto and Masahiro Osakabe Tolerance to Solar Ultraviolet-B Radiation in the Citrus Red Mite, An Upper Surface User of Host Plant Leaves Photochemistry and Photobiology 89
Deleterious effects of solar ultraviolet-B (UVB) radiation lead most plant-dwelling mites to inhabit the lower leaf surfaces. In contrast, Panonychus spider mites frequently occur also on upper leaf surfaces. P. citri is tolerant to UVB damage, and inhabiting the upper surfaces of shaded leaves is advantageous to this mite.
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