Live Ladybugs - 1500 Adults (Paper Cup)


Ladybugs

Target Pest:

Aphids; also moth eggs, mites, scales, thrips, leafhoppers, mealybugs and other slow moving insects. Ladybugs are general predators that feed on a variety of slow moving insects, but they are best known for feeding on aphids.

Description:

Ladybugs are general predators that feed on a variety of slow-moving insects including aphids, moth eggs, mites, scales, thrips, leafhoppers, mealybugs and other slow-moving insects. Ladybugs are a must-have for organic gardening or organic farming. A ladybug (or lady bug) eats insects during both the adult and larval stages, so you can buy ladybugs as adults and continue to have live ladybugs eating through other parts of their life cycle as they reproduce.

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.
During the adult and larval stages it is a predator. The larvae are often compared in appearance to tiny alligators, and are similarly aggressive in consuming insects. The larvae 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 and cloth bags.  Storing the beetles can be done at a temperature of 40 to 60 degrees Fahrenheit 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.

Hippodamia convergens are collected from overwintering sites instead of insectaries (it is not cost effective to rear Ladybugs in Insectaries due to the amount and cost of food it would take to produce an adult Ladybug). Aggregations are formed in mountain canyons after the beetles have migrated from valley feeding areas.  They are refrigerated until sold. Some researchers and many users have observed immediate and substantial predation and egg-laying upon release.

Release Rates:

  • Apply the ladybug to the infested area as soon after receipt as possible.
  • For up to 500 square feet of planted area 1500 ladybird beetles are generally enough.
  • For 10 acres with light to moderate infestation use one gallon (72,000) and up to one gallon (72,000) per acre with heavy infestation.
  • Repeated releases two to three times a few weeks apart is recommended.

Lifespan of the Convergent Ladybird Beetle:

  • From egg to adult takes 3 to 4 weeks in summer, 6 weeks in spring.
  • When released, adult ladybugs should mate and lay eggs within 8-10 days.
  • The eggs will hatch into larvae in 5 days.
  • Temperature and food availability will determine the timing of each stage and reproductivity.
  • One female can lay up to 1500 eggs over their 100-day lifetime.
  • One larva can eat about 400 aphids until it pupates.
  • One adult may eat over 5000 aphids.

Strategic Considerations: 

Pesticides and even wetting agents and spreader-stickers may adversely affect lady beetle survival. Broad spectrum and systemic insecticides are toxic to ladybugs.

Apply the live ladybugs to the infested area as soon after receipt as possible. Repeated releases (two to three times), a week apart, are recommended.