COCCOPHAGUS SCUTELLARIS

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COCCOPHAGUS SCUTELLARIS is a small black parasitoid that can be used for the biological control of various soft scale species. The adult parasitoids are available in units of 25  in a 40 ml jar. Immediately after release the parasitoids will start looking for a host. This product can be applied both indoors (e.g. greenhouses) and outdoors (e.g. ornamental gardens).

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Description

What is COCCOPHAGUS SCUTELLARIS?

The parasitoid COCCOPHAGUS SCUTELLARIS can be used for the biological control of different soft scale species, such as brown soft scale, hemispherical scale, black scale, cottony camellia scale and Parthenolecanium species. The parasitoid is about 1.5 mm in size and black. Female wasps have a yellow-white spot on their back, which is just visible with the naked eye. Parasitized soft scales turn black after two to three weeks. When the young parasitoids hatch, a dark, dead soft scale remains on the plant. With a hand-lens you could see the small hole in the soft scale body. Its presence demonstrates the activity of the parasitoid.

How does COCCOPHAGUS SCUTELLARIS work?

This parasitoid parasitizes small stages of soft scale. The female deposits a single egg per soft scale. During the development of the young parasitoid, the soft scale will continue to grow. Eventually the soft scale dies and the young parasitoid emerges through a small hole in the pupa. Immediately the young parasitoid starts to look for a new host. The cycle repeats and the pest density will decrease. In addition, the soft scales are used as a source of food by the adult parasitoids. This is called host feeding and this process contributes to the control of the pest population.
Unlike some other parasitoids, COCCOPHAGUS SCUTELLARIS is not bothered by the presence of ants. It can be applied both indoors (e.g. greenhouse) and outdoors (e.g. ornamental gardens).

How to combine COCCOPHAGUS SCUTELLARIS

COCCOPHAGUS SCUTELLARIS is often used for the control of wooly soft scales in for example hortensia. In that case COCCOPHAGUS SCUTELLARIS is great in combination with EXOCHOMUS QUADRIPUSTULATUS larvae.

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Additional information

Availability

limited

Shelf life

2-3 days at 13°C

Delivery time

5-10 days

Pest

soft scales

Producer

Entocare

Type of product

parasitoid

Unit size

25

Where to apply

hobby greenhouse, indoor garden, ornamental garden, ornamental production

Application

indoors: March - October
outdoors: May - September

T = 18 - 28 °C
RV = 50 - 75%

greenhouses
indoor gardens
hobby greenhouse
trees
arboriculture
ornamental garden

A single unit of 20/25 can be used for one large tree or five smaller plants.

User manual

  • Use this product directly after receiving it.
  • Handle with care and do not shake.
  • Open the small jar near the pest, either under the plant or in the tree.
  • The parasitoids will leave the small jar to look for the pest.
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COCCOPHAGUS SCUTELLARIS
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