Live ladybird larvae are ferocious predators of aphids and greenfly. This native ladybird; Adalia bipunctata also known commonly as the two spotted ladybird can consume up to 100 aphids each day! The larvae will feed for up to three weeks before developing into adults, at which point they will continue to prey on aphids.
The initial advantage of using larvae are the rates of aphid consumed, in their development ladybird larvae will consume huge numbers of aphids. They also have the benefit of staying roughly where they are released, making application to infestations easy. You also gain the benefit of multiple stages of development, both the larval and the adult stages feed on aphids making them effective little predators.
EACH LADYBIRD LARVAE ORDER IS SUPPLIED WITH A COTTON RELEASE BAG FOR THE LADYBIRD LARVAE , WHICH IS IDEAL WHEN APPLYING THE LARVAE TO TREES OR SHRUBS.
*Please order by 10am Tuesday for despatch the following Tuesday (we do order surplus stock so your order will be shipped sooner if possible)
Ladybird larvae will feed on most species of aphid.They will also feed on other soft bodied pests like spider mite and thrip however Dragonfli advise the use of more specific predators for these pests, see Spider Mite Killer and Thrip Killer products.
Ladybird larvae perform particularly well in greenhouses and polytunnels and will attack local infestations of pests. We recommend using ladybird larvae on outdoor infestations only in summer or when temperatures are appropriate.
Ladybird larvae can be used from temperatures above 10 degrees indoors or outdoors, however best levels of control are achieved above 15 degrees. Ladybird larvae should only be introduced once pests are present!
As a general guide we advise applying ladybird larvae at a rate of 10-20 per square metre. This would equate to around 5 per medium plant.
The larvae will feed for around three weeks before developing into adults. Adult ladybirds can live for up to 3 years in the wild and grow to around 0.4 inches!
Release larvae over aphid hotspots by opening container and gently brushing out or apply in a Dragonfli cotto bag or distribution box, leave the bag open on the plant to allow any stragglers to make their way out naturally.
We always advise making your garden as attractive as possible to ladybirds by planting pollen bearing plants and overwintering sites such as log piles.
Ladybirds are living creatures and can be affected by any chemical pesticides used. Cease using all chemical insecticides at least 3 weeks before realeasing Ladybird larvae and up to 2 days prior to physical acting products like SB plant invigorator.