Predators

Insect predators can be introduced to plants and crops for biological control of pests. These can range from tiny predatory mites for the control of pests like red spider mite to larger beetles like Ladybirds for the control of aphids and mealybugs. The larval stage of their life cycle are often as effectve predators of pests as the adult stages. Examples of ths include Lacewing larvae and Ladybird larvae.

Most of the predators Dragonfli supply in the Natural enemies range require the pest to be present on the plant before introducing. There are a couple of exceptions to this with predatory mites for the control of spider mites and thrips, where breeder sachets can be hung on plants prior to the pest appearing.

Phytoseiulus predatory mite eating a two spotted spider mite


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