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Cryptolaemus Ladybird for Mealybug Control
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Cryptolaemus Ladybird for Mealybug Control

Cryptolaemus ladybird for mealybug and soft scale control.
NZ $15.00
Adult or Larvae

Cryptolaemus montrouzieri - Mealybug ladybird


Delivery                        *Important Information*

Same week delivery is not guaranteed as products are subject to availability. If unsure, please contact Bioforce directly, although be assured that we always aim to deliver as promptly as possible.

Products will only be sent on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and will not be sent on public holidays. Orders placed after 1pm on Wednesday will likely be sent the following week.  Please contact Bioforce directly by phone if immediate delivery is required, and we will endeavour to accommodate you.  As these products are live organisms, it is important that they arrive quickly to their destination, and we do not send when it is possible they will be in transit over a weekend. Next day delivery is not guaranteed and customers should follow up with CourierPost using the tracking information provided on dispatch.

Bioforce will contact the purchaser advising you of the intended sending date, but only if products will not be shipped within the week of purchase. Please do not purchase the product online if you are unsure, however if the product has been purchased and you are unhappy with the delivery date, we will happily refund you the full amount. Please contact us immediately to complete this, as there will be no refunds once the goods have been sent.

Product Information

The Cryptolaemus Ladybird is a predatory ladybird of about 6mm in length, commonly recognised with the black body and red head.

Adults and larvae are mealybug and scale predators, feeding on all of the pest life stages.

The Cryptolaemus Ladybird undergoes an egg and larval stages before pupating and emerging as an adult. Development time from egg to adult takes around 40 days at 25⁰C, and longer at lower temperatures. Adults live for approximately 50 days and in this time lay up to 400 eggs.

Release and Storage Instructions

  • Open tube to release Cryptolaemus in areas with high mealybug or pest numbers.
  • Store in a cool place if need be, out of direct sunlight. Preferably between 8 and 15 degrees

Post Release

Cryptolaemus will start predating mealybugs immediately on release.

Before introducing Cryptolaemus into your crop please check residual chemical affects and ensure you know chemical compatibilities of products that may be applied.

A list of compatible pesticides and withholding periods can be found in the publication ‘The Good Bug Book’ Second Edition (2002), Editor Richard Llewellyn. Excerpts of the book can be obtained from the Cryptolaemus page of the Australasian Biological Control Association website, click here then scroll to the bottom of the page and click on the PDF link.

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Contact Details

Ph: (09) 294 8973
Fax: (09) 294 8978
Address: P.O Box 73,
Drury 2247,
New Zealand