Ladybird eggs dusky Pack of 100

Ladybird eggs dusky Pack of 100

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Ladybird eggs dusky Pack of 100

The Dusky Ladybird is a small predatory ladybird. It is primarily an aphid predator, however it will also predate on a wide variety of alternative prey, including psyllid and whitefly eggs, mites, and the eggs of larger insects such as butterflies and moths.

Scymnus loewii– Dusky Ladybird
The Dusky Ladybird appears to survive well in glasshouse grown capsicums when feeding on the peach aphid, and colonises cucumber as well. The use of this species is still experimental, and there are no guarantees that they will colonise your crop or eat a particular aphid species. They are known predators of aphids from the genera Myzus and Aphis. Ladybirds will not colonise tomato crops.

Product Information

The Dusky Ladybird is a small predatory ladybird , adults are 3-4 mm in length. The ladybirds are sold as eggs on sack material. The eggs are yellow and very small, they are difficult to see with the naked eye. Eggs hatch approximately 2-3 days after dispatch, and juvenile stages will begin searching for aphid prey almost immediately, although they will not be noticeable for at least one week or more depending on temperatures. The larvae mimic mealybugs, so do not expect to see adult ladybirds for several weeks. The Dusky Ladybird undergoes an egg stage and 4 larval stages before pupating and emerging as an adult. Development time from egg to adult takes around three weeks at 25⁰C, and longer at lower temperatures. Eggs are tiny and laid singly on the woodier parts of the plant.

Adults and juveniles are aphid predators, feeding on aphids of all life stages, from juveniles to adults. Larvae paralise aphids and suck their body fluids out, generally through a leg or antenna. 

Both adults and larvae predate on the tomato/potato psyllid on capsicum and peppers, both eggs and juveniles.

Our ladybirds are reared in our insectary, we do not collect ladybirds from the wild (for sale) as is practised in other parts of the world.

Release and Storage Instructions
  • The eggs are laid on to small pieces of cloth, which is attached to a cardboard tag
  • Hang the tag (with the cloth and eggs) on to the plants out of direct sunlight, preferably on the same day as having received them
  • Place in areas with high aphid or pest numbers
  • Leave the petri dish and lid at the base of a plant
  • Store in a cool place if need be, out of direct sunlight. Preferably between 8 and 15 degrees
  • DO NOT REFRIGERATE

 *** These are ordered in fresh so expect a few days delay before dispatch ***

*** Please also note these are living and are ordered in to ensure freshness, they also may not be suitable for Rural locations due to longer deliver times ***