Amblyseius cucumeris



Production
Cucu-mite (Amblyseius cucumeris = Neoseiulus cucumeris
Packaging type
25000 predatory mites (all stages) in 250ml bottle mixed with bran and prey mites
Crops
Amblyseius cucumeris can be used in several vegetables, fruits and ornamental crops, for emaple, eggplant, poinsettia, anthurium, cucumber, gerbera, grape, haricot bean, melon, rose, strawberry, sweet pepper, tree nurseries, except tomato, geranium and chrysanthemum
Targets
Thirps, including the onion thrips (Thrips tabaci) and the western flower thrips (Frankliniella occidentalis). Nymph and adult of this predator prefer egg or larva of thrips, and also survive on other mites and pollen and can survive for a number of weeks without food.
                         The method of releasing Amblyseius cucumeris

Amblyseius cucumeris Rate
(individuals/ m²)
Acreage(m²/bottle) interval (days) Remarks
Preventive 50/m² 500 14 when thrips is absent
curative light 100/m² 250 14 start when thrips is present (only 1-2 female per leaf)
curative heavy 125/m² 200 7 infested areas only, always in combination with other beneficials (blue board)
It is very hard to detect the first thrips in the field. So, fast releasing Amblyseius cucumeris is recommended to keep the thrips densities as low as possible, even if no thrips have been found yet.
 
   
         Female Amblyseius cucumeris                     Releasing Amblyseius cucumeris
Releasing
Before releasing, turn and shake gently the bottle
Open the cap, or press on centre of cap to open dosage hole
Pour-out the material inside bottle on leaves
1 releasing points per square meter is necessary, or evenly distributed over the total surface
 
Storage and handling
If you have received the packaging of this predatory mite, please release them as soon as possible, because you know biological beneficials have a short life expectancy. Storing them for a long time has a negative influence of their quality. Low temperatures also have a negative influence on Amblyseius cucumeris.  BESTmites co. ltd. is not liable for any loss of quality if the product is stored for longer than recommended and/or under incorrect conditions. If necessary, please store them under the conditions described below.

·     Storage after receipt: 5days
·     Ideal storage temperature: 10°C
·     In the dark with enough ventilation to avoid CO2 accumulation
Remarks
Apply preventive introduction on pollen only from the moment when crop flowers continuously. Above 75% relative humidity and 20°C is necessary when you are going to introduce this predatory mites. In any case, please careful reading the side effects of different pesticide to this predatory mite in our website. But, if you had introduced Amblyseius swirskii into your corps, Amblyseius cucumeris can not be used, because Amblyseius swirskii is an obviously winner in their competition. And Amblyseius swirskii can perform more than Amblyseius cucumeris.
 
Advantages
Amblyseius cucumeris is more important predator for thrips control, as it offers the following advantages:

·     Amblyseius cucumeris can be used in wide range of crops
·     Amblyseius cucumeris can be used as preventative measure, also without pollen in crops
·     Amblyseius cucumeris is long lasting protection.
·     Amblyseius cucumeris can be stored briefly at 10°C.
·     Amblyseius cucumeris is not sensitive to day length (no diapause).
·     Amblyseius cucumeris can survive on pollen.
 
Biology
The predatoty mite Amblyseius cucumeris (same name Neoseiulus cucumeris) is not quite conspicuous on the leaves because its body is less than 1 mm. Only when it is moving on the surface of leaf, you can easily find it.
     This predatory mite has five different developmental stages: egg, larva, protonymph, deutonymph and adult (female or male). The female mite mates several times. She deposits 1-2 eggs daily on leaf hairs close to the veins on the underside of the leaf. The larvae can develop into protonymph without preying, but the food is necessary for development of protonymph. If there is not enough prey in the field, it can develop into adult with pollen as food. The development from egg to adult takes 8-11 days (at 20-25°C). A female Amblyseius cucumeris can lives for about 3 weeks.
      Amblyseius cucumeris can pierce their prey and suck them empty. Besides young larva of thrips, they sometimes prey on spider mites, or eggs and larvae of other predatory mites, for example Phytoseiulus persimilisAmblyseius cucumeris prefers first instar thrips.
 


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