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Aphiline C (Aphidius colemani) Vial of 1,000 Mummies/Adults

Code: FGAPL
£26.82 Ex VAT.

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Specifications

Weight

0.02 kg

Application Rate

1 wasp / mummy / 2 m2 per week. Increase to 5 / m2 for 3 weeks if small aphid colonies are present.

Technical Comments

Most crops can be infested with aphids. Damage is caused in three ways: sucking plant sap when feeding, excretion of honeydew leading to sooty mould and some species can transmit plant viruses leading to distortion and disfigured plant growth. Biological control with parasites, predators and fungal pathogens are available depending on crop and environmental conditions. There are a large number of aphid species and identification can be important when parasitic wasps are to be used. Depending on the species there can be alternate plant hosts. Winged forms develop under conditions of high density to migrate to alternate hosts. Resistance to some insecticides is a serious issue with some species.

Activity / Control

It is particularly effective against round bodied aphid species such as Myzus persicae (peach-potato aphid) and Aphis gossypii (melon cotton aphid). The adult wasp inserts its egg into the aphid, a parasite larva develops killing the aphid, producing a characteristic goldenbrown papery 'mummy'. An adult parasitic wasp later emerges through a round hole on the mummified aphid. The adult wasps also feed as a predator on aphids, killing one or more each day.

Application Method

Use at the first sign of aphids or better, as an early season preventative.

About

This tiny braconid wasp is particularly effective against round bodied aphid species, such as the melon or cotton aphid (Aphis gossypii), peach aphid (Myzus persicae) and tobacco aphid (Myzus nicotianae).
It is not effective against Macrosiphum species. It can control large populations of aphids, but will take time to achieve this and may leave many parasitised 'mummy' bodies on plants.