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Neoseiulus cucumeris

Neoseiulus cucumeris

Controls thrips (European and tobacco), sometimes spider mite and rusty mite. When prey lack, predators feeds on pollen. It is applied on eggplant, cucumber, pepper, gerbera, rose, chrysanthemum in greenhouse.

 

Unit of packaging

Waterproof sachets contain 500-1000 species of different instars mixed with vermiculite and a fraction of bran. Also Tyrophagus putrescentiae for additional nutrition. Bottle 1 l contains 20 000 species; 6 l contains 100 000 (for high population).

  

Transportation and storage

To store in the dark.

Storage temperature: 10-15°C.

Storage after receipt: 18 hours.

 

Application

Use preventively. Predators eats larvae of first instar. Needs only 1 thrips larvae a day. Predator searches for it on the whole plant until finds it. Predator is introduced together with Orius laevigatus, Hypoaspis mile.

Introduction ratio

Ratio depends on pest and crop. On pepper it is enough 10 species per one plant. On blossom one introduction is enough as there is much pollen. To control local thrips on vegetables, use 200-250 species per m2, on rose – 400 species per m2 a month. To control European flower thrips: on vegetables 400-600 species per m2, on rose – 600-1000 species per m2.

Conditions

Optimal temperature: 20-25°С. Humidity: 65-75%. Do not use at low temperature under 10°С and humidity under 50%.

Appearance

Color: beige, size: 1 mm

Life cycle

Development is from 8 (25°С) to 12 (20°С) days. During life (20-35 days) female lays 35 eggs. Before molting larvae do not feed during 2 days. During a week before becoming imago larva eats.

Characteristics

Do not use on tomato. Do not hang sachet near heating tubes. Can be applied during short daylight. Goes to diapause. Neoseiulus can eat eggs of Phytoseiulus if they are both used on one crop.