Lychee erinose mites

Growing Lychee (or Litchi) and facing problems of velvety brown growth on leaves, like the ones in the picture below?

Erinose mite damage on litchi

Erinosemite damage on lychee: Initial attack giving young leaves a distorted and silvery appearance (left), leaves then become brownish (centre), and finally results in the formation of the dark brown velvety/woolly growth (right). [Pictures taken in Tsirang]
What is it?
The dark brown velvety growths result from the feedings of erinosemites on the underside of the leaves. Infested young leaves appear silvery, bumpy and distorted and turn brown as they age, giving rise to the dark brown velvet growth.
Erinosemite damage on lychee: Initial attack giving young leaves a distorted and silvery appearance (left), leaves then become brownish (centre), and finally results in the formation of the dark brown velvety/woolly growth What to do if found in your area?

• Cut all infected parts and burn them.
• Sulphur sprays are said to be useful if applied targeting new flushes.
• Contact NPPC for support.

By Dr. Namgay Om

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