Aphidius matricariae

Aphidius matricariae parasite les pucerons

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Aphidius matricariae is a parasitic wasps specializing in the control of almost 40 species of aphids. At Anatis Bioprotection, this species is used to control the Cannabis aphid (Phorodon cannabis) in hemp and cannabis crops.

The adult is black with brown legs. This parasitoid wasp has long antennae and is approximately 2-3 mm long. After mating, the female lays her eggs inside juvenil or adult aphids. Aphidius matricariae larvae develops and feeds on the internal organs of the aphid. After 7 days, the aphid becomes immobile, swells and turn beige. We call this stage "mummy". A new adult emerges from the parasitized aphid after a few days.

Aphids are pests that reproduce very quickly. It is therefore advised to use Aphidius matricariae in prevention with the introduction of Banker plants or as soon as the first aphids are detected. In summer,Aphidius wasps can be used with the Aphid predatory midge Aphidoletes aphidimyza.Control is achieved are parasitized.

  • Cannabis
  • Hemps
  • Vegetable
  • Ornamental

  • Green peach aphid (Myzus persicae)
  • Cannabis aphid (Phorodon cannabis)

  • The optimum conditions are a temperature between 18 and 25 °C and a relative humidity between 60 and 80%.
  • Complete life cycle takes 14 days at 21 °C.
  • The female lays more than one hundred eggs during her life.
  • The mummy stage occurs about 7 days after laying.
  • The adult lives 2 to 3 weeks depending on the temperature.
  • Do not enter diapause.


Sponge with nematodes

Vial or tube containing mummies/adults ofAphidius matricariae

Application rate

Aphidius matricariae
Introduction Quantity Surface Frequency Duration
Preventive 0,25 per m2 as needed as needed
Curative light 1 per m2 7 days 2 to 3 introductions
Curative heavy 2 per m2 7 days 3 to 6 introductions

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  • Upon receipt of product, remove from shipping packaging and use immediately or store in a refrigerated area 5 °C (40 °F) Do not freeze.
  • Do not freeze.
  • Do not use if incorrectly stored.
  • Store for a maximum of 6 weeks.
  • Always check viability before making the root application (see section Before starting)

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    Aphidius matricariae - technical sheet

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  2.   - Les pucerons en serriculture - OMAFRA (2017)
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