Ladybugs 1,500 adults

Ladybugs 1,500 adults
Item Number:
001321
Manufacturer:
Tip Top Bio-Control
Manufacturer Part No:
657994100072
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DescriptionLadybugs are general predators that feed on a variety of slow-moving insects, but they are best known for feeding on aphids. During the adult and larval stages, it is a predator. Adults are shiny, hemispherical beetles, often reddish-orange or yellow, with black markings. Larvae are black, with conspicuous legs and orange spots on their backs. They move from plant to plant on leaves. Larvae pupate on the upper leaf surfaces, plant stems and twigs. Eggs are yellowish-orange ovals, laid on end in clusters of 10 to 50. 
Product Information: Convergent ladybird beetles (Hippodamia convergens) are shipped as adults in containers. Storing the beetles can be done at a temperature of 40°F to 60°F for 1 - 3 weeks. Ideally, ladybugs should be released in the evening or very early morning when it is cool or overcast so they move more slowly. To improve performance, mist foliage beforehand. Ladybug beetles can begin reproducing immediately with ample food and moisture. Several generations may occur during one season. 
Release Rates: 
2 ladybugs per sq.ft. 1 gallon (72,000 ladybugs) covers aprox. 1–5 acres. Release at dusk, after spraying some plants with water, so they can drink. Release near infestations in small amounts  over a two week period. Repeated releases two to three times a week apart is recommended. 
Lifespan: The life cycle of the ladybug is between four to six weeks. In the spring, the adults lay up to three hundred eggs in an aphid colony. The eggs hatch in 2-5 days. The newly hatched larvae feed on aphids for up to three weeks, then enter  the pupae stage. The adult lady bug emerges about a week later. However, they usually don’t have their spots for their first 24 hrs. of adulthood. So, if your catch one without spots, you may have found a brand new adult. There may be as many as six generations of ladybugs hatch in a year. 
Strategic Considerations: Pesticides and even wetting agents and spreader-stickers may  adversely affect ladybugs survival. Broad spectrum and systemic insecticides are toxic to ladybugs. 
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