CRYPTOfroce: Cryptolaemus montrouzieri

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Target Pests:

  • Mexican mealybug (Phenacoccus gossypii)
  • Citrus mealybug (Planococcus citri)
  • Comstock mealybug (Pseudococcus comstocki)
  • Obscure mealybug (Pseudococcus obscurus)
  • Solenopsis mealybug (Phenacoccus solenopsis)

Description:  Cryptolaemus montrouzieri is a ladybug beetle. They are produced in insectaries as opposed to wild collected.

  • Adult Cryptolaemus has a shiny black body, orange head and thorax and is prox. 5mm long.
  • Female can lay up to 10 eggs for up to 50 days.
  • Larvae are white and shaggy-coated looking very similar to mealybugs.
  • Cryptolaemus larvae can grow up to 1 cm long and can consume up to 250 mealybugs and their eggs.

Use in Biological Control:  Cryptolaemus montrouzieri is effective, safe and economical long-term solution to manage mealybug infestation. While they are opportunistic and eat also other pests, they are most effective cleaning up large populations of mealybugs.

  • Optimum temperature for Cryptolaemus is between 64-91°F with humidity level of 70% or more.
  • Adults will lay eggs in the cottony egg-mass produced by mealybug
  • Larvae will hatch and consume small mealybugs and eggs. 

Life Cycle:  The life cycle of Cryptolaemus montrouzieri is approximately 3 weeks in immature stages.  The adult life of Cryptolaemus lasts about 1 month.

Introduction Rates:  General introduction rate of Cryptolaemus montrouzieri is 2-8 beneficials each per 10 square feet.


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  • Model: CRYPTOforce
  • Manufactured by: Beneficial Insectary: Overnight


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