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Green Lacewing Hanging Release packs make application of lacewing eggs simple and easy! The hanging release pack is a thin paper container designed to hang from branches or stapled in place. Lacewing eggs are placed inside the container where they are separate from predators, sheltered from the elements and secured in one location. Hanging release packs are ideal for use in areas with high wind, when ants are present, in small greenhouses and for localized releases.
Green Lacewing Preferred Food: aphids, mealybugs, spider mites, leafhopper nymphs, moth eggs, scale, thrips, and whiteflies.
Optimal Temperatures: 67-90°F, RH >30%
Life Cycle & Behavior: Lacewing eggs hatch within 3-10 days of receipt depending on temperature and humidity in the release area. Once hatched, lacewing larvae feed for 2-3 weeks on a variety of soft-bodied insects. Larvae are recognizable by their prominent mandibles (mouthparts), alligator-like appearance and pale coloration with dark markings. The larvae molt as they grow and mature through 3 instar stages. Pupation occurs in silken cocoons on the undersides of leaves or under loose bark. Green lacewing will overwinter in the pupal stage in cooler climates. Adults emerge from the cocoons with large veined ("lacy") wings ready to mate and lay more eggs. Adult green lacewings feed on pollen, nectar and honeydew while aiding in pollination. The complete life cycle lasts roughly 30 days.
This Product Controls These Pests or Diseases:
This product works as a beneficial insect for control of the following: Alfalfa Weevil (Hypera postica Gyllenhal), Aphids (Mult), Armyworm (Pseudaletia unipuncta), Asparagus Beetles (Crioceris asparagi (common); Crioceris duodecimpunctata (spotted)), Bean Beetles - Mexican Bean Beetle (Epilachna varivestis Mulsant), Bean Thrips (Caliothrips fasciatus), Beet Armyworm (Spodoptera exigua (Hubner)), Beet Leafhopper (Circulifer tenellus), Black Scale (Saissetia oleae), Brown Almond Mite (Bryobia rubrioculus), California Laurel Aphid (Euthoracaphis umbellulariae), Caterpillar Eggs (Mult), Citrus Red Scale (aka California Red Scale) (Aonidiella aurantii), Citrus Yellow Scale (aka California Yellow Scale) (Aonidiella citrina), Coconut Mealybug (Nipaecoccus nipae), Colorado Potato Beetle (Leptinotarsa decemlineata), Grape Leafhopper (Erythroneura elegantula), Greenhouse whitefly (Trialeurodes vaporariorum), Leafhopper (Circulifer tenellus), Leafhopper (Empoasca sp), Mealybug (Planococcus citri), Mealybug (Pseudococcus sp), Mexican Bean Beetle (Epilachna varivestis Mulsant), Mites (Tetranychus sp), Oleander Scale (Phenacaspis sp), Potato Leafhopper (Empoasca fabae), Potato Leafhopper; Bean Jassid (Empoasca fabae), Psyllids (Mult), Scale (Mult.), Silverleaf whitefly (Bemisia sp), Spider Mite (Mult), Sweet Potato Whitefly (Bemisia tabaci), Sweetpotato Whitefly (Bemisia sp), Thrips (Franklinothrips sp), Tobacco budworm (Heliothis virescens), Two-Spotted Spider Mite (Tetranychus urticae)
Simply pin or hang the hanging release pack within the plant canopy or nearby high pest populations. Make 2-3 releases at weekly or biweekly intervals.
What Should I Expect After Release?
Green lacewing eggs will hatch within 3-10 days of receipt. Lacewing larvae will make their way out of the release pack and on to the plant; however, the larvae are difficult to spot once hatched out and camouflage well with their surroundings. Additionally, the larvae and adults are mainly active at night when temperatures and predators are lower in number. Try using a black light to spot larvae moving on the plant during dusk or evening hours. Larvae become more evident and noticeable one to two weeks after hatching once they have grown and molted. Pay close attention to areas of high pest pressure, undersides of leaves and places where branches and leaves meet. The larvae continue to grow as they feed and molt prior to pupation.
Green lacewing are most effective when introduced early in the growing season as a preventative measure. It is imperative to make multiple releases of green lacewing, particularly if they are being used to control an active pest infestation. The time it takes for control to be achieved is dependent on the severity of the infestation being treated. Typically, changes in pest populations become evident within 2-3 weeks of hatching. Keep in mind that beneficial insects work at a slower pace than chemical controls. If immediate knockdown or control of an insect population is necessary, consider spraying a fast-acting insecticide or select a more targeted predator/parasite.
Adults lay eggs near larval food sources, so adult activity will be higher in those areas. They will appear around one month after release of the eggs and tend to disperse if food sources are limited. Providing plants that bloom and pollinate at different times of the year helps to cultivate a habitat that is suitable and attractive to the adult green lacewing.
Environment: Aquaponics, Container Plants, Farms, Gardens, Greenhouses, Grow Room, Hydroponics, Indoor Growing, Interiorscapes, Nurseries, Orchards, Outdoors, Row Crops, Vineyards
Storage: Release larvae immediately upon hatching. Green lacewing are active and working in a wide variety of temperatures and both low and high humidity environments. They are effective in virtually any growing environment.
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What's In The Package: Green lacewing eggs mixed with bran inside of a paper pouch.
Shelf Life: Eggs will hatch within 3-10 days of receipt at 75-90°F. Refrigeration after receipt can diminish viability.