“Aphids beware, I see ladybugs over there!”

Worldwide there are over 400 species of ladybugs and they are one of the best known beneficial insects. These cute, cuddly, and ferocious little critters feed mainly on aphids but will attack other soft bodied pests such as thrips, whitefly pupa, spidermites and soft scale.

Release instructions: The bag of 250 ladybugs will treat approximately 10 plants or three larger shrubs. It is best to first lightly mist the plants and release the lady bugs in the early morning or evening. This will encourage them to stick around and start solving your aphid problem. If possible, cover the plants with a pillow case or other light breathable material as this will keep the ladybugs on your plants for a longer time period.

The ladybugs will lay small clusters of yellow eggs on the leaves and stems. The small alligator like juveniles hatch out and feed for about 3 weeks before changing into adults. These juveniles are usually black or dark brown with yellow, white or orange markings. Be careful not to mistake these juveniles as a pest as they are just as ferocious as the adults and will not fly away.

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