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Ships Monday-Thursday. Ships via Overnight methods only. See Shipping Info for more information. For delivery only. Not available in store. Use on a variety of armored scale species! These parasites attack California red scale, citrus red scale, oleander scale, San Jose scale, ivy scale, yellow scale and other armored scale varieties.

Shipped as adults, females lay their eggs in scale. Shipped as adults, the females lay their eggs in approx. Larvae consume their host killing it from within. Adult parasites emerge to live approximately 26 days and also feed on the honeydew secreted by scale.

Release Rates: wasps per sq. Do not release cold wasps, allow them to warm to ambient temperature in a shaded area. On hot days, release in a shaded area that will not receive direct sunlight. Concentrate releases in areas where scale is a problem. Tap gently on the container to dislodge wasps. Viability Note: If you plan to check for viability, please do so upon receipt and prior to releasing the beneficial insects.

Many predators and parasites are small and can be difficult to spot once released. If you believe there are issues with viability, please contact us at or customercare arbico. When Will My Order Ship? Ships Monday-Thursday via Overnight methods. Orders will be shipped the next available shipping date after processing. Order processing can take hours. Subscribe to be the first to hear about sales, promotions and special offers.

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Fly Eliminators. Aphytis melinus Red Scale Parasite This predator provides excellent control of California Red Scale and many other armored scale pests. Same day shipments not available. Write a Review. Do not refrigerate. Shelf Life: Release day of receipt - do not hold for later use. Reviews Write a review Works! Discovered wide spread scale and used Arbico aphytis as well as lacewing larvae. Worked and quickly. I was genuinely surprised how effective this was and would fully recommend. Monterey Neem Oil.

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JavaScript seems to be disabled in your browser. For the best experience on our site, be sure to turn on Javascript in your browser. Adult parasites lay eggs under the scale shell. When eggs hatch, they feed on the adult scale insect. Once adults emerge, they will seek out further prey to parasitize. It can be used indoors in greenhouses, and outdoors in orchards. Differences in the optimum conditions may hamper the performance of Aphytis.


Aphytis Melinus Red Scale Parasite

Commercially available: Yes. Aphytis melinus is an important parasite of several species of armored scales including California red scale, latania scale, San Jose scale, and oleander scale. Several other closely related and difficult to distinguish Aphytis species attack various armored scales in California. Aphytis feeds on and oviposits in immature scales, preferring virgin adult female scales. Aphytis melinus adults can be confused with the adult male California red scale; however, the male scale has long antennae, a dark band around its back, and only one pair of wings. The female Aphytis deposits a single egg beneath the scale cover and upon hatching, the Aphytis larva feeds on the scale. Because its feeding is external to the scale body, Aphytis is considered an ectoparasite.


Aphytis melinus

Case Count: Sold Individually. This item does not qualify for our assisted freight program. Item Numbers. Target Pests: California red scale, Aonidiella aurantii, on citrus, roses and ornamentals.


Aphytis melinus is an internal parasite of the California red scale, Aonidiella aurantii , which is a pest of citrus in California and elsewhere. This chalcid wasp drums its antennae against the scale insect to find out if it is healthy, if it is already parasitized, how large it is, etc. It has four choices from worst to best : leave the scale to keep searching, feed directly on the scale, use the scale as a host for a male A. If it accepts the scale as a host, the female will lay an egg in the host. When the egg hatches, the larval wasp consumes the internal organs of the pest. When finished with its host, the larva enters the pupal , or cocoon, stage.

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