LADYBUGS – Hippodamia Convergens
Ladybugs, the most commonly known of all beneficial insects, are not only effective but are economically important. They are gathered from their natural habitat in the California Sierra Mountain foothills. They feed on many different soft bodied insects with aphids being their main food source. During the larval period the ladybug resembles a tiny, black, six-legged alligator with orange spots. As a larva it will gorge on about 400 aphids. After 3 or 4 weeks it attaches to a leaf or twig and enters the pupal stage. In another week the pupal skin splits and a hungry young adult emerges to eat another 5,000 aphids. Up to 1,500 tiny yellow eggs may be deposited in clusters of 10 to 50 in just a few weeks. In good years several generations may be produced. The ladybug’s huge appetite and reproductive capacity allow it to rapidly clean out its prey.
Release Rate: 1/2 pint covers 2,500 square feet; pint covers 5,000 square feet; quart covers 15,000 square feet. For farms and other large scale areas please contact us for details.
Must be shipped via UPS (see rate chart).
“Within a day or two after the ladybugs were released, I no longer found any aphids anywhere on our property.” — Joyce M., Illinois