Adult females are 3-3,6 mm in size, males are somewhat smaller. The bugs are bright green coloured. With adults the first antennal segments are dark. They have a dark line on their head just behind the big dark eyes. Young nymphs, first and second stages are yellow-green.
Mode of Action:
The bugs prefer whitefly as their prey. All stages of whitefly are being preyed upon but they prefer the younger ones as well as eggs. The bugs pierce their prey and suck them out. An adult predatory bug may consume an average of 2-5 adult whiteflies, 15-20 pupae or 30-40 larvae. Since Macrolophus also feeds itself from plant materials some minor damage symptoms may occur in young plants due its feeding activity. The proces of building a population is slowly but when Macrolophus is settled in a crop it sill stay there for a rather long time.
Is being used in greenhouse crops against whitelfy but also spidermites, thripses and egg of tomato leafminer (Tuta absoluta) are on its menu. Apart from that it preys upon aphids and leafminer-larvae. For home & garden use we have a special product MIRIMIX, a small packaging with Macrolophus pygmaeus. Consider multiple introductions. The product is sensitive for chemical pesticides. In some crops Macrolophus may cause some damage, mainly to flowers. Ask advice for proper introduction strategy.
Effect of MIRICAL / MIRIMIX:
- especially effective in crops with soft, hairy leaves
- sucked empty, dead larvae with remarkable small sucking hole remain as a result of feeding of the bugs
- population build-up takes some time
- may survive by plant feeding
- additional food (ENTOFOOD) shortly after start of introductions may be useful for population build-up
- after some time the number of fast moving green nymphs will increase
The product MIRICAL / MIRIMIX
Product MIRICAL: bottle of 100 ml with 500 adult predatory bugs on wood fibers
Product MIRIMIX: This product is a mix of adults and nymphs of Macrolophus pygmaeus, a total of around 50 individuals. This product is mainly meant for use in home & garden.
Shelf life: maximum 2 days at 8-10°C kept in the dark.
Climate: no development below 10-15°C. Temperature above 40oC will kill the nymphs.
Targets MIRICAL / MIRIMIX:
- greenhouse whitefly
- tobacco whitefly
- western flower thrips
- spider mites
- eggs of moths
- partly effective against aphids