Amblyseius swirskii

Amblyseius swirskii is a predatory mite. It is recommended for biological system defense on vegetable crops that are able to produce flower pollen (cucumbers, sweet peppers, eggplants), as well as it is applied for the complex defense of flower crops such as the rose and the gerbera. The predatory mite is beige, less than 1 mm in length. The main source of food for the predator is eggs and larvae of such whiteflies. The female of Amblyseius swirskiis able to devour 15–20 eggs or 10–15 young larvae of the pest per day. The alternative food sources are young larvae of different species of thrips, some other small insects and flower pollen. The application of the predator For preventive invasion the rate of release is 25–30 individuals per 1 m2. Taking into account heat-loving properties the predator can be recommended for application in hot and dry conditions (summer period). The optimal conditions for the development of the predator are a temperature of 25–28°C, a relative air humidity no less than 60%.

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Advantages

  • polyphage (some stages of whiteflies, thrips, some species of mites),
  • possibility to feed on alternative food (flower pollen),
  • the high reproductive ability of the entomophage,
  • the high level of activity in the search of food source,
  • the absence of diapause,
  • high adaptive abilities to hot conditions.