Latin name: Hippodamia convergens
Outdoor Ladybugs may be available from July until fall
These are Native Ladybugs. Excellent for Outdoor use. Outdoor releases of Ladies that have broken hibernation are available from June through September.
Ladybugs are an excellent beneficial insect. Native ladybugs do not bite nor do they go into your home. The only eat aphids and other soft bodied pest insects and insect eggs. Adults are orange and black beetles that feed on aphids, mites, scales, thrips, whiteflies and beneficial insect food. Adult ladies feed primary at night and lay eggs. Eggs are white or yellow ovals and are laid in clusters on the undersides of your leaves. It is the larvae, having no wings that remain on your plants keeping control of pests. Larvae are black and orange alligator shaped. Both the adult and larvae stage are great general pest controllers. Look not for the ladies but to see your pest problems disappear.
Upon receipt place your Ladies in the fridge and release only in the evening. Be sure to water the area before releasing your ladybugs. Placing a small dish of water in your garden will help keep not only ladybugs but native insects close to your plants especially in the heat of the summer.
- 1,000 Ladybugs covers 50m2. (550ft2)
- 4,500 covers 275m2 (3,000ft2)
- 9,000 covers 600m2(6,500ft2)
- 18,000 covers 1,400m2 (15,000ft2)
When you release more ladybugs they will cover a bigger area, through dispersion.
Must be refrigerated until released.
What are Aphids?
Aphids are common garden pests. They are "Pear shaped" and can be found in many colours ranging from black, grey, red, yellow and green.
The life cycle of aphids is unusual. In the spring, over-wintered eggs hatch into females that are already impregnated and will give birth to live young, all pregnant females (up to 10 or more per day). This allows a colony of aphids to grow in size very quickly!
Aphids damage plants by sucking the sap from the leaves, twigs, stems or roots. They sometimes transmit plant diseases. You may notice spotty yellow discolorations, usually on the undersides; the leaves may later dry out and wilt or curl. Aphids produce honeydew, a sweet sticky substance that can attract ants and sooty mold.
Where do I find Aphids?
You will find aphid colonies on the underside of leaves and the tips of branches of new growth. they will also infest fruit, shade trees, ornamentals, flower and vegetable gardens.