About Green Lacewings
Green Lacewings are available in three different stages — eggs, larvae, and adults. Lacewing eggs are the most economical choice for your customer although you will see faster results when you purchase live Lacewing larvae. Lacewing eggs are packaged in rice hulls for easy disbursement.During the 2-3 weeks before becoming an adult, the larvae will consume 200-300 Aphids each. All products come with complete release instructions and appropriate disbursement pouches.Lacewing larvae voraciously attack their prey by seizing them with large, sucking jaws and inject a paralyzing venom. The hollow jaws then draw out the body fluids of the pest. In general, they attack the eggs and the immature stages of most soft-bodied pests such as: aphids, thrips, spider mites, sweet potato & greenhouse whitefly, mealybugs, leafhoppers, and the eggs and caterpillars of most pest moths. Of all available commercial predators, this lacewing is the most voracious and has the greatest versatility for pests of field crops, orchards, and greenhouses.
Available in 3 different quantities, Lacewing eggs are the prime choice for shoppers due to their affordable pricing and large coverage area.
- Please release all lacewing eggs upon arrival. Do not wait to try and see larvae. It is extremely difficult to see larvae with the naked eye!
- The larvae are cannibalistic and should not be left in the bag for an extended period of time.
- Next, gently disperse contents of the Lacewing eggs and rice hulls in fixed pouches.
- The pouches then should be distributed among your infested plants by stapling or paper clipping them to the leaves and/or placing them in the crotch of trees.
- Release at sundown the day you receive the larvae. Please release all lacewing larvae upon arrival. Do not wait to try and see larvae. It is extremely difficult to see larvae with the naked eye!
- Peel back the fine mesh or silkscreen covering the hexcell units’ openings.
- Tap out the larvae evenly onto infested plants foliage.
- Do not place them too close to one another because they are very cannibalistic.
- If you should have difficulty getting the larvae out of their cells, blow through the units encouraging them to move about and loosen themselves up.
- If there are some you cannot remove, put the unit itself in the foliage of your most heavily infested plants.
- Release adults at sundown the day you receive the product. Please release closest to the plants that are infested.
- Open one or both ends of the tube and allow them to fly out freely and disperse on their own.
- If they are hesitant to fly out on their own, blow through the tube gently.
- Increase the egg laying activity of the adults by supplying them with a beneficial insect food (liquid form) or with flowering, pollen-producing plants near the release site.
*Release rate guideline are for preventative control. Heavier infestations may require additional treatment.
- Storage: Do not store the hatched larvae in the bag for more than 11 hours. Store at a light to moderate humidity of 54-66ºF. Do not cold store the unhatched eggs in the container for more than 4 days. If the eggs have turned from green to gray, do not cold store. If cold storage is possible, store at a slight to moderate humidity of 40-46ºF and for no more than 10 days.
- Storage: Do not store the larvae in the hexcell units for ore than 16-18 hours. Store at a slight to moderate humidity of 55-65ºF.
- Storage: Do not store the adults in the tube for more than 9 hours. Store at a slight to moderate humidity 54-60ºF.
Eggs – Approx 5 days
Larvae – Approx 12 days
Cocoon – Approx 10 days
And finally Adults!
Each lacewing larva will devour 200 or more pests or pest eggs a week during their two to three week developmental period. After this stage, the larvae pupate by spinning a cocoon with silken thread. Approximately five days later adult lacewings emerge to mate and repeat the life cycle.
Approx: 1,000 per pack.
Packed in retail pouch.
(Case Count 6)