Parasitoid

COCCOPHAGUS SCUTELLARIS

Effective against brown soft scale, hemispherical scale, hydrangea scale and cottony camellia scale

The product

COCCOPHAGUS SCUTELLARIS

What does COCCOPHAGUS SCUTELLARIS look like? 

Female parasitoids are about 1.5 mm in size and black with a yellow-white spot on the back. The males are slightly smaller, completely black and lack a spot on the back. Parasitized soft scales turn black after about two weeks. The young parasitoids emerge through a hole at the end of the pupa. The exit hole can be identified with a magnifying glass. After emergence of the parasitoid, the blackened dead soft scale remains on the plant.  

SAISIN-C Coccophagus scutellaris female
COCCOPHAGUS SCUTELLARIS female
SAISIN-C Coccophagus scutellaris pupae
COCCOPHAGUS SCUTELLARIS pupae
How does COCCOPHAGUS SCUTELLARIS work? 

COCCOPHAGUS SCUTELLARIS parasitizes small soft scales. A single parasitoid develops from one soft scale. Parasitized soft scales can easily be recognized, because they turn black after a few weeks. The parasitoid is hampered relatively little by ants. Adult parasitoids feed by puncturing and feeding from younger soft scales stages, which kills the soft scale in the process (host feeding). 

When can COCCOPHAGUS SCUTELLARIS be applied? 

COCCOPHAGUS SCUTELLARIS can be used both in- and outdoors in for example greenhouses and outdoor plantings. This parasitoid is suitable for controlling brown soft scale (Coccus hesperidum) and against hemispherical scale (Saissetia coffeae) but other soft scale species may be parasitized as well. COCCOPHAGUS SCUTELLARIS can also be used outdoors to control Pulvinaria scales as well as European fruit scale (Parthenolecanium). Consider multiple introductions. The product is sensitive to several chemical pesticides.  

Other products against soft scale

MICROTERYS NIETNERI

Effective against
– Brown soft scale

METAPHYCUS FLAVUS

Effective against
– Brown soft scale
– Hemispherical scale

EXOCHOMUS QUADRIPUSTULATUS against pulvinaria scale

EXOCHOMUS
QUADRIPUSTULATUS

Effective against
– Several soft scales
– Several (woolly) aphids