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Lindorus lophanthae

Lindorus lophanthae small ladybug attacks mealybugs

Description


Lindorus lophanthae is a small ladybug, measuring 2.5 mm, that attacks several species of scale insects (mealybugs, armoured and bark scales). The larvae and adults can consume scale insects in the egg, juvenile and adult stages. This little ladybug is also a generalist that feeds on several other pest insects.

It has proven to be skilled at getting established in greenhouse crops and controlling several species of scale insects.

Targeted crops



  • Ornamental plants (orchid et tropical plants)
  • Indoor plants and indoor fruit trees

Targeted pests



  • Black scale, Saissetia oleae, Saissetia coffeae
  • Red scale, Aonidiella aurantii
  • Black parlatoria scale, Parlatoria ziziphi
  • Short-tailed mealybug, Pseudoccoccus spp.
  • Brown soft scale (Coccus hesperidum) and other species of the genus Coccus
  • Oleander scale, Aspidiotus nerii
  • Purple scale, Lepidosaphes beckii

Life cycle


  • indorus lophanthae has a life cycle of nearly 14 weeks.
  • The larval stage generally takes 3 weeks.
  • Adults live 5-8 weeks at 24 °C.
  • Females lay their eggs under the bodies of scale insects.
  • Females can lay 100 or so eggs in their lifetime.
  • Optimal conditions for development are temperatures between 24 °C and 27 °C, with 55-65% relative humidity.

Format



Container

  • 50, 100 or 250 adults.

Introduction rate



Introduction Quantity Surface Frequency Duration
Curative light 2 to 4 per m2 28 days 1-2 introductions in total
Curative heavy 10 per m2 bi-weekly 1-2 introductions in total
Fruit tree 20 to 50 per tree as needed as needed

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The adult and larva of convergent lady beetle can eat 10 to 170 aphids per day.

Source : Réseau de surveillance du puceron du soya, carnet de champ du dépisteur (2010).