DELPHIBUG / Delphastus catalinae
DELPHIBUG / Delphastus catalinae

DELPHIBUG / Delphastus catalinae

Predatory beetle
 
Target
Use Delphibug for biological control of greenhouse whiteflies (Trialeurodes vaporariorum) and cotton whiteflies (Bemisia tabaci) at the first sign of pest presence and in hotspots of whiteflies.
 
Packing
  • 250 ml bottle containing 1,000 adult predatory beetles in buckwheat hulls

Dosage DELPHIBUG 

  Rate (ind./m2) m2/ unit Frequency Interval (days) Remarks
  Preventive    -  -  -  -    
  Light curative    1 - 2  100 - 50  3x 7 20 - 40  whitefly larvae /m²
  Heavy curative   100 10  2x 7  500 whitefly larvae /m²

The information given below is 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, please consult a specialist of our company.
 
How does Delphibug work
The predatory beetles need sufficient food (whitefly eggs) in order to reproduce. The beetles can play dead by retracting their legs and head. Activity can be confirmed by the presence of yellow excrement on the underside of the leaf Adults and larvae eat large numbers of whitefly eggs and larvae. They bite them open and consume them.

 

Application Delphibug
  • Rotate/shake gently before use
  • Introduce in a Dibox or on a leaf
  • Apply in a cluster
  • Deploy in the morning or in the evening
Best working conditions Delphibug
The minimum temperature for successful use of Delphibug is 20°C. However, Delphibug is at its most effective at temperatures between 22°C and 30°C.
 
Handling
Biological beneficials have a very short life expectancy and therefore need to be introduced into the crop as soon as possible after receipt. Failure to do so can have a negative impact on their quality. In case you do need to store Delphibug, please follow the instructions below.
 
Storage
  • After receipt: 1-2 days
  • Storage temperature: 12-14°C
  • In the dark
  • keep the bottle horizontal
Pesticides can have (in)direct effects on beneficials. Check here