Parasitoid

LEPTOMASTIX EPONA

Effective against solanum- and obscure mealybug

The product

LEPTOMASTIX EPONA

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What does LEPTOMASTIX EPONA look like? 

The parasitoid LEPTOMASTIX EPONA is approximately 3 mm in size and dark-brown to black. The wings have black bands and the end of the legs are yellow. The antennae are long, slim, dark and have a clear bend. The males are slightly smaller, about 1.5 mm in size and in general darker than females. Parasitized mealybugs bulge and darken. Empty pupae have a round hole at the end. 

APONIX Leptomastix epona adults
LEPTOMASTIX EPONA adult wasps
APONIX Leptomastix epona attacking
LEPTOMASTIX EPONA parasitizing a mealybug
How does LEPTOMASTIX EPONA work? 

The females parasitize mainly larger, older stages of mealybugs. One egg is laid per mealybug, which after turning into a larva, eats the mealybug from the inside. When the development is completed the adult parasitoid will emerge from the pupae. The females can produce up to 200 eggs that develop into new parasitoids in three to four weeks, depending on the temperature.  

When can LEPTOMASTIX EPONA be applied? 

This product is used in greenhouses and indoor planting to control obscure mealybug (Pseudococcus viburni) (old name: Pseudococcus affinis) and solani mealybug (Phenacoccus solani). Consider multiple introductions. For the application of LEPTOMASTIX EPONA a minimum temperature of 15°C is requiredwhile humidity is less important. The product is sensitive to several chemical pesticides. Ask advice for deployment strategies. 

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