THIS PRODUCT REQUIRES A TWO WEEK LEAD TIME - The Adalia bipunctata is an aphid predator. Please note this type of ladybird does not eat two-spotted spider mites. Adults of this two-spotted insect (sometimes called lady bug) carnivorous beetle are often red with two black spots on their shiny outer shell but other variations include a mostly black appearance with red patches. The females lay their eggs near aphid colonies so when the eggs hatch hungry larvae typically grey or black in colour will have plenty to eat. An adult ladybird will kill up to 125 aphids in a 24 hour period and larvae will kill up to 75 aphids in a 24 hour period.
Dosage - The information given here is a general guideline. Release rates can be affected by the stage/size of the cannabis plant, climate conditions, and level of infestation.
For light infestations 5-10 larvae per ft² in infested areas weekly, repeating a second time, if necessary. For heavy infestations 10-20 larvae per ft² in infested areas weekly, repeating a minimum of three times or until biological balance is achieved.
280ml plastic box - When releasing the Adalia bipunctata larvae open the tray and place it in the center of a hotspot or carefully transfer larvae directly onto the plant leaves among aphid outbreak. A DiBox (distribution box) may also be used to release these predators in a targeted area.
We recommend releasing these beneficials immediately upon arrival.
If immediate release is not possible, store A. bipunctata in a dark place, for a maximum of 1-2 days at 8°c - 10°c. CAUTION: these predators will resort to cannibalism if other food sources are not available.