100 adults in buckwheat husk.
Store in the dark.
Storage temperature: 10-15°C.
Storage after receipt: 24 hours.
Predator is used to control different aphids on greenhouse and fruit-berry crops. The beetle prefers a large accumulation of phytophagous, leaving little attention to the small pest focus, therefore it is better to use it together with other predators or aphid parasites. The predator can eat up to 100 aphids a day.
The beetle is introduced at the rate of 10 species per m2 if low pest population and 50 species per m2 to control rapidly growing pest population. Only one introduction.
Favorable temperature 24-28°C, humidity 70-80% and duration of daylight hours 18 hours. The minimal activity of the beetle begins at 12°C.
The predator is 5-8 mm in size. Pronotum is black with white spots, superior wings are red with black spots. There is also a black stain of an insect body with red spots. Larvae spindle-shaped, first age gray or black, and at the third to fourth instar acquire bright spots of yellow or orange.
The female is able to lay about 500 eggs during life. The duration of development from egg to adult is 19-20 days at temperature of 25°C. After 4-8 days, larvae appear from the egg. The larva of the predator passes through the 4th instars, the instar of pupa, after which it becomes an imago. The pupa instar lasts 8 days at an average temperature of 20 ° C. The adult lives about 50 days.
Predator can eat pupae of aphids infected with parasitoid insects. With a lack of food, cannibalism is observed among representatives of this species.