CRYPTOBUG

Cryptolaemus montrouzieri
CRYPTOBUG

Unit of packaging
Cryptolaemus montrouzieri (predatory beetle)
Pack size: box of 600 ml
Contains: 500 adults

Target
Many mealybug species in all stages. CRYPTOBUG is recommended with increasing mealybug infestations and when the mealybugs are found in colonies.

Rates
The pieces of information given below are merely indicative. Tailored advice can be provided if information is available on the local factors that need to be taken into account, such as the crop, the climate conditions and the level of infestation. For the correct approach, you should always consult a Koppert specialist or a recognised distributor of Koppert products.

CRYPTOBUG

rate

m²/unit

interval (days)

frequency

remark

preventive

-

-

-

-

-

curative light

2/m²

13

14

2x

-

curative heavy

10/m²

-

1x

introduce in infested areas only

Introduction

  • Among (infected) leaves
  • In the evening

Environmental conditions
Temperature must be above 16°C.

Storage and handling
Biological beneficials have a very short life expectancy and therefore need to be introduced into the crop as soon as possible after receipt. Storing them for a period can have a negative impact on their quality and is only possible under the conditions described below. Koppert B.V. is not liable for any loss of quality if the product is stored for longer than recommended and/or under incorrect conditions.

  • Storage after receipt: 1-2 days
  • Storage temperature: 10-15°C/50-59°F
  • In the dark

Remarks
CRYPTOBUG gives inadequate control of heavy infestations of Pseudococcus affinis in tomato.

Appearance
Adults: size 4 mm, red-brown, dark-brown wingcovers
Eggs: white, oblong, in mealybug colonies
Larvae: size to 13 mm, body is covered with wax-like filaments. Resemble their host, but are more robust and mobile
Pupae: in hidden places on the underside of leaves or at vein junctions

Mode of action
Predatory beetles and larvae eat the mealybugs completely.

Visual effect
Mealybugs are eaten completely. Activity of Cryptolaemus montrouzieri is also indicated by the presence of empty egg pouches. Larvae can also be seen and look superficially like large mealybugs.

Important!
The introduction rates of this product should be adjusted to the mode of action of the product and the results that can be expected in the crop where the product is applied. Your local Koppert consultant or recognized distributor will be able to advise you further.

Only use products that are permitted in your country/state and crop. Check local registration requirements.
Koppert Biological Systems can not be held liable for unauthorized use.