Parasitoid

APHYTIS MELINUS

Effective against oleander scale, Florida Red Scale and various other armoured scales

The product

APHYTIS MELINUS

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What does APHYTIS MELINUS look like? 

APHYTIS MELINUS is a yellow parasitoid wasp that is approximately 1 mm in size. Differences between males and females cannot be seen with the naked eye. 

SCALEX-Am Aphytis melinus adult female
APHYTIS MELINUS
Aphytis melinus hatching
APHYTIS MELINUS emerging from the pupa
How does APHYTIS MELINUS work? 

The adult parasitoid deposits eggs underneath the cover on the body of the armoured scales. After hatching, larvae will eat from the armoured scale until it dies. When the larvae develop into adults, they will emerge from a round to oval-shaped hole in the cover of the armoured scale. Adult parasitoids also feed from armoured scales, after which the scales will die (host-feeding). 

When can APHYTIS MELINUS be applied? 

APHYTIS MELINUS can be used in greenhouses and indoor plantings to control armoured scales like Aspidiotus neriiDiaspis echinocacti and Chrysomphalus aonidumConsider multiple introductions. The product is sensitive to several chemical pesticides. Ask advice for deployment strategies. 

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