Adults are tiny fly-like midges that are only active at night. The midges flying search out Aphid colonies by scent and once a colony has been located Aphidoletes lay their eggs beside it.The small orange larvae hatch in 2 - 3 days and feed on aphids, always killing more than they can consume if aphid populations are high.
SHIPPED: As pupae in vermiculite to be used in indoor gardens or greenhouse.
Outdoor releases can be done once temperatures reach 21C (68F.) Excellent for controlling aphids in trees.
OPTIMUM CONDITIONS: 21-25C (68-77F).
RELEASE RATE: Release midges every 7 to 10 days for 2 to 3 releases until predators are established. In orchards, 5,000-10,000/ha (1,000-4,000/acre) repeated 1 to 3 times, 1 to 2 weeks apart until predators are established.
SPECIAL NOTES: Aphidoletes are a native predator.
They require a minimum of 16 hours light (can be a 60 watt light per 10 m. sq./2000 ft. sq.) to fly and cycle.
Note: BENEFICIAL INSECTS - must be ordered by Thursday for shipping the following Tuesday
(Exceptions : Ladybugs and Praying Mantis - usually stock Items check product for availability)