Leafminer Parasites (Diglyphus isaea) are tiny beneficial insects that kill leafminer larva in the mine and lay an egg in it. The egg develops into a parasitic wasp inside the mine (but outside the leafminer), using the dead larva as food. The parasite is shipped in units of 500 adults which after release target leafminers in all larval stages. D. isaea adults are 2 – 3 mm long, metallic green, with short antennae. The other stages are not seen as they are in the mine of the leafminer. Two weeks after introduction it is possible to see parasitization by short or stopped mines containing dead larva. The pupae of the parasite can be seen by holding the leaf up to the light.
DIRECTIONS FOR USE:
Leafminer Parasites (Miglyphus) can be stored for 1 – 2 days after receipt at 47 – 50 F with the bottles standing, in the dark. Release the leafminer parasite in the morning or the evening, between the leaves on the plants. Each 100 ml bottle (500 adults) will treat 5,000-20,000 square feet, depending on pest levels.
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Orders placed during winter months will be shipped according to our 2013 Shipping Schedule, unless otherwise specified at checkout.
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Note: Beneficial Insects are perishable. To ensure live delivery, it is important that you receive your order when it arrives. Once your order has shipped, a Fed Ex tracking number will be sent to you via email announcing when your package will be deliverd. We will NOT be responsible for “live shipments” left unattended at your doorstep. Please make contingent arrangements to have them picked up by a neighbor or delivered to a work address if you will not be home during the day.