Spectrum-specific damage and solar ultraviolet radiation avoidance in the two-spotted spider mite.

@article{Sakai2010SpectrumspecificDA,
  title={Spectrum-specific damage and solar ultraviolet radiation avoidance in the two-spotted spider mite.},
  author={Yuta Sakai and Masahiro M H Osakabe},
  journal={Photochemistry and photobiology},
  year={2010},
  volume={86 4},
  pages={925-32}
}
The spatial distribution of the two-spotted spider mite Tetranychus urticae Koch is biased toward the lower surfaces of leaves as compared with the upper leaf surfaces on their host plants. Because of the deleterious effects of solar ultraviolet (UV) irradiation, we hypothesized T. urticae remains on lower leaf surfaces as an adaptation to avoid solar UV radiation (UVR). We examined the effects of solar UVR components on females and tested whether spatial distribution was associated with solar… CONTINUE READING