Beneficial Insects and Mites

Adalia bipunctata
aphid predator

Adalia bipunctata is a coccinellid beetle very common in nature and very efficient in aphids predation, especially in ornamentals, fruit trees and vegetables crops. The best application is for reducing infested “hot spots” also in combination with other natural enemies. Egg to adult development takes place in around 3 weeks at 20-25ºC in which 4 …

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aphid predator
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Amblyseius andersoni
mites predator

Amblyseius andersoni is a Phytoseiid mite generic predator of Tetranychidae mites (Tetranychus, Panonychus, Eotetranychus) but also able to prey on russet mites (Eriophyidae) such as Aculops, as well as eat small insects and pollen. This characteristic allows for a stable establishment into the crops and makes it suitable for preventive introductions even in the absence …

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mites predator
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Amblyseius cucumeris
thrips predator

Amblyseius cucumeris is a predatory mite applied for the biocontrol of different thrips species (Frankliniella occidentalis, Thrips tabaci and others) in vegetable and ornamental crops. This tiny predator with a pale colour and a pear shaped body is able to develop within the crop also without the prey if a pollen source is available. Low …

Amblyseius cucumeris
thrips predator
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Ambyseius swirskii
whitefly predator

Amblyseius swirskii is a predatory mite originating in the south eastern Mediterranean regions and very well suited for hot climate. It is a general predator nourished by pollen but also by various small organisms, particularly the eggs and young stages of white flies, and the small larvae of thrips. As other predatory mites of the …

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whitefly predator
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Anagyrus vladimiri
mealybug parasitoid

Anagyrus vladimiri (formerly known as A. near pseudococci) is an Encyrtidae Hymenoptera that lives as parasitoid of mealybugs. The adult female, approximately 2 mm, has a characteristic coloring of rust brown with a peculiar grayish strips on the back and characteristic white antennas whose scape is large and disc shaped and almost completely black as …

Anagyrus vladimiri
mealybug parasitoid
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Aphidius colemani
aphid parasitoid

Aphidius colemani is a very important parasitoid for aphids biocontrol especially against Aphis gossypii in horticulture and in some ornamental crops. Adults are 2-3 mm long with dark body and long antennae. Life cycle from egg to adult takes around 2 weeks in suitable climatic condition (between 16 and 22ºC) but when the temperature rise …

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aphid parasitoid
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Aphidius ervi
aphid parasitoid

Aphidius ervi is an Hymenoptera Braconidae common parasitoid of different genus of aphids like Macrosiphum, Aulacorthum, Acyrtosiphon and others, all of which are characterized by larger dimensions in respect to the hosts preferred by the close species A.colemani. In the adult stage, it measures 4-5 mm and has a blackish body with the long antennas …

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aphid parasitoid
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Chrysoperla carnea
aphid predator

Chrysoperla carnea (green lacewing) is an aphids predator very common in nature. Only the larval stages can feed on aphids, while the adult usually feeds on nectar, honeydew and other sugar sources. The adult female lay eggs right in the middle of an aphid colony, the larvae are pale brown or grey and start preying …

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aphid predator
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Delphastus catalinae
whitefly predator

Delphastus catalinae is a tiny predator of whiteflies native of the American continent but recently established in southern Europe. Very voracious like other lady-beetles, it is able to feed on all whitefly stages, preferably eggs and larvae but also adults. This species prefers warm or temperate areas where it’s able to establish in stable manner. …

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whitefly predator
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Diglyphus isaea
leafminer parasitoid

Diglyphus isaea is an Eulophid wasp that can be found anywhere in the Mediterranean Basin associated with Liriomyza spp. Among the natural enemies commercially available, this tiny wasp is regarded as one of the most efficient and easy to apply in several crops, especially tomato, eggplant, ornamentals and also in open field (i.e. lettuce and …

Diglyphus isaea
leafminer parasitoid
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Encarsia formosa
whitefly parasitoid

Encarsia formosa, a parasitoid of greenhouse whiteflies, is one of the first natural enemies being used. It is mainly released to control Trialeurodes vaporariorum but also Bemisia tabaci in horticoltural and ornamental crops. The adult female is a tiny wasp, 0.6 mm long, with a black and yellow body. Once found a whitefly an egg …

Encarsia formosa
whitefly parasitoid
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Nephus conjunctus
mealybug predator

Nephus conjunctus is a small ladybug very effective as mealybugs predator that belongs to the family of Scymninae as well as the best-known Cryptolaemus but it is smaller, as the adult sizes just a couple of millimeters. The body is slightly pubescent, dark brown with 4 characteristic nut-brown spots. The larvae are covered by the …

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mealybug predator
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Orius insidiosus
thrips predator

Orius insidious is a predatory bug available for the control of thrips and in particular the Western Flowers Thrip, Frankliniella occidentalis, both in protected or outdoor crops like sweet pepper, strawberry, cucumber, various ornamentals. All the stages prey actively and feed also on other pests, in particular mites, aphids or moth eggs. The adult, is about …

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thrips predator
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Orius laevigatus
thrips predator

Orius laevigatus is a predatory bug, the most important thrips predator available for the control of WFT, Frankliniella occidentalis in different climatic and cultural conditions. The main application occurs in horticulture both in protected or outdoor crops, with special interest for sweet pepper, strawberry, cucumber and some ornamentals. All the stages can actively feed also …

Orius laevigatus
thrips predator
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Orius majusculus
thrips predator

Orius majusculus is distinguished by other Orius species for the most elongated shape and for a different habitus that leads him to visit in addition to the flowers also the other parts of the plants. In this way it’s a better tool for control of thrips in those cultures where they colonize and damage not …

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thrips predator
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Trissolcus basalis
shield bug parasitoid

Trissolcus basalis is a Hymenoptera Scelionidae one millimetre long and black in color. It can develop on various Pentatomidae but is known worldwide for the use against the shieldbug Nezara viridula.  This species is cosmopolitan just as its primary host is. T. basalis is a solitary parasitoid of shieldbug eggs. The female lay eggs inside their host recently …

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shield bug parasitoid
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