Beneficial Insectary container used to release 1000's of tiny insects

Beneficial Insectary container used to release 1000's of tiny insects

STRATIOforce preditory insect - Stratiolaelaps scimitus 

This predatory insect feeds on thrips, fungus gnats and other soil pests.

Beneficial Insectary packet in begonia hanging basket

Beneficial Insectary packet in begonia hanging basket

These packets are used to release beneficial insects that prey on fungus gnats and thrips. In high populations, fungus gnats feed on plant roots that can stunt plants and spread disease. Thrips can damage plants by feeding on pollen and damaging flowers and buds. 

Jar for releasing beneficial insects at the soil surface

Jar for releasing beneficial insects at the soil surface

PERSIMILISforce - Phytoseiulus persimilis

This is a beneficial mite that preys on spider mites. Spider mites cause stipling (tiny pin-head dots where feeding) that damage foliage causing faded or yellowing of the leaves. Webbing covering the surface of the plants appears when there is an infestation.

Beneficial Insectary jar hanging on a hook in greenhouse that is used to release beneficial flying wasps.

Beneficial Insectary jar hanging on a hook in greenhouse that is used to release beneficial flying wasps.

APHIDIUSforce - A mix of Aphidius colemani & Aphidius evri

As you may be able to deduce by the name, this beneficial preys on aphids. This harmful insect is the most recognized by gardeners as it is visible on houseplants, annuals, and perennials in the garden. Aphids damage especially the new growth and love to hang out on flower stems and buds. They weaken and disfigure the host and leave behind a sticky residue excreted by the aphid. The wasp controls populations by laying an egg in the adult body of the aphid and when it hatches, consumes the insect. Pretty gruesome, but also amazing. The body of the dead aphid left behind, still attached to the leaf, is called a "mummy".

Beneficial Insectary jar suspended above mandevilla plants

Beneficial Insectary jar suspended above mandevilla plants

The beneficial wasps fly out of the suspended container to feed on aphids.

Beneficial Insectary jar with wasps

Beneficial Insectary jar with wasps

Aphidius wasps are one of the predatory insects that can be seen in action. They are very tiny, but can be seen without the use of a hand lens. They will fly off into the greenhouse in search of aphids to lay their eggs.

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