BioCryptoleamus, Cryptolaemus montrouzieri, Predatory beetle for biological control of mealybugs

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Description

BioCryptolaemus by BioBee

The predatory beetle Cryptolaemus montrouzieri belongs to a family of ladybird beetles. It is a general predator of mealybugs and feeds on a variety of mealybug species. The adult is 0.15 inch (4 mm) long, with a dark brown body and an orange head, prothorax, wing tips and abdomen.

The adult female lays eggs in the egg sac of the mealybugs. It is able to lay up to 500 eggs in its lifetime (10 per day). All larval stages and adults of the beetle feed on mealybugs.

Optimal conditions for Cryptolaemus development are temperatures between 70°F-80°F (21°C- 27°C) with high humidity (70% or above). The beetle is most active during sunny days.

Crops

Vineyards, citrus orchards, fruit trees and ornamentals.

The Product

  • 250 or 500 adults in a container with honey-soaked paper at the bottom as feed.
  • The quantity is listed on the label.

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