The immature stages of the predaceous mite Typhlodromus talbii Athias-Henriot are described. The mite was reared on different prey species and pollen in the laboratory, and its developmental parameters calculated. Tydeus californicus (Banks) was found to be the most suitable and nourishing diet, giving a shorter life cycle and higher female fecundity (8.8 days and 33.4 eggs respectively), than the scale insect Coccus acuminatum (Gennadius) (10.0 days and 24.8 eggs respectively) at 25 °C. Other associates of Typ. talbii, the eriophyid Cesaberoptus kenyae Keifer, the tetranychid Oligonychus mangiferus (R. & S.) as well as date palm and castor oil pollen, were unsuitable diet. When reared on moving stages of Tyd. californicus (Banks) at 70 ± 5 % RH, 16:8 (L:D) h photoperiod and temperatures of 15,20,25,28,30,32 and 35 °C, the total developmental time of Typ. talbii averaged 21.3, 12.4, 8.8, 7.6, 7.1, 5.8 and 11.6 days respectively. The intrinsic rate of natural increase (rm) and the net reproduction (Ro) reached maximum values of 0.299 individuals per female per day and 28.06 times respectively, at 32 °C.