Frankliniella occidentalis Western flower thrips is the main target species.
However will also target various aphids, whiteflies, mites and moth eggs if it's preferred prey is not available.
Due to the fact the BioOrius can survive on a varied diet, including pollen and plant sap makes it an ideal predator species that can be applied as a preventative. Both the adults and nymphs will consume pest insects.
Orius can observed actively hunting on trees, ornamental shrubs, and in dozens of agricultural crops such as tomatoes, strawberries, sweet peppers, chillies, watermelons, sweet melons, beans, basil, cotton, alfalfa/lucerne and maize.
One of the larger predatory insects that we supply. Orius laevigatus is a small insect (1.5-2.5 mm in length) equipped with piercing/sucking mouth parts.
It has two pairs of wings, the front pair being partially rigid. The adult is brown-black with grey spots.
Male and female insects can be distinguished by the tip of their abdomen, which is pointed in the female. The female’s ovipositor may be visible using a magnifying glass.
- BioOrius is packed in a 100 cc bottle containing 500 predatory bugs out of which at least 80% are adults and the rest are either 4th or 5th instar nymphs. The bugs are mixed in a vermiculite carrier.
- The material can be either dispersed from the bottle directly over the plants or applied by especially designed distribution boxes that are hung on the plants.
- BioOrius is compatible with BioGrow products from Livingseeds.
- Prior to opening the bottle it should be rotated gently, while in horizontal position, to allow proper mixing of the bugs in the vermiculite carrier.
- Application of BioOrius should be carried out upon receipt either early in the morning or late in the afternoon, under relatively mild temperatures. It is not recommended to delay the application of BioOrius.
- BioOrius is shipped in isolated styrofoam boxes chilled with icepacks. This packaging must be kept intact until it reaches the end-user.
- The frequency of introductions should be determined according to the nature of the target crop and the level of infestation by thrips.
- In crops where Orius laevigatus can feed on pollen, such as sweet pepper, BioOrius can be introduced preventively before the appearance of the target pests, upon presence of the first flowers. The release rate depends upon the nature of the crop, the ecosystem (e.g. open field or greenhouse) and the level of pest infestation. Temperatures of 21-27°C and high humidity (above 60%) will enhance predator’s activity and ensure its success. Where pollen is not available for the predators, Orius laevigatus should be introduced upon the first appearance of the target pests.
- Product Code: BB-Ori500
- Availability: In Stock
- Ex Tax: R1,436.19