Aphidoletes aphidimyza

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 Key Features

Aphidoletes aphidimyza is a predatory midge whose larvae attack all common greenhouse aphid species, and over 60 species of aphid in total.  The adult midges have an incredible ability to locate prey, laying eggs around or around their aphid prey. Once hatched, a single larva can kill up to 35 aphids per day. Their optimal temperatures are between 68 to 81 ℉.

When using Aphidoletes keep in mind

• The adults hunt and mate during dusk; cultivation with strict lights on/off will hinder the performance of Aphidoletes.

• There is an approximate 4 day delay between when the adults are first release, and the larvae start emerging.

• Aphidoletes pupate in the soil. If you are hydro or rock wool, they will have no place to complete their life cycle. Re-applications will be necessary.

• Aphidius go into diapause (insect hibernation) under 12 hours of daylight.

• The adults are weak flyers and search by smell; keep fans off or turned down when releasing.

 

***For a more in-depth look at how to use this predator effectively, including detailed information on life-cycle and application rates, please visit this link.***