Aphidoletes aphidimyza is a midge that, in their larval stage, will kill and eat over 60 species of aphids.
Multiple Aphid Species, Including:
Green Peach Aphid (Myzus persicae)
Melon/Cotton Aphid (Aphis gossypii)
Potato Aphid (Macrosiphum euphorbiae)
Fox Glove Aphid (Aulacorthum solani)
Cannabis Aphid (Phorodon cannabis)
Hemp/Cannabis (not indoors)
The adults are tiny, mosquito-like flies but are harmless to humans. The larvae are bright orange (sometimes reddish), legless maggots that scoot along with the leaves of infested plants, killing and eating aphids. They are best used as a cleanup once aphids are found. After emerging from their pupal case, adult females will find a spider web to land on, where she waits for a male to mate with.
She will then fly off and lay around 250 eggs among aphid colonies. If there are no spider webs in the greenhouse, many growers make “love shacks” with stretched cotton to mimic a spider web.
Studies have shown that spider webs result in more use and more successful mating. Ask a Beneficial Insectary IPM Specialist for more details.
Adult females have exceptional hunting behavior to locate small aphid hotspots among many un-infested plants. Once the eggs hatch, the resulting larvae will bite the knees of aphids and inject a toxin to paralyze them. They then go to the aphid’s body and suck the juices out. If there is a high concentration of aphids, the larvae will paralyze more of them than they eat, which kills them. The conditions for optimum performance are between 64-77°F with a relative humidity of at least 70%.
PACKAGE SIZE & CARRIER
250ml Bottle w/ Vermiculite
1L Bottle w/ Vermiculite
0.05-0.1 Per Sq. Ft.