Common name : Peacock mite
Scientific name : Tuckerella
Family : Tuckerellidae
Native to : Tropical regions
Interesting fact : Named so on account of its decorative dorsal surface, the peacock mite has delicate ornamentation distinguishing it from other insects.
With delicate hair-like structures on its body, it uses them to defend itself against predators. The peacock mite is considered to be a huge pest in agricultural and tropical regions. Their diet is comprised of various plants, but they favour tea plantations and citrus fruits.