Podisus maculiventris

Loose Egg - Instructions

Each vial has an average of 500 Podisus eggs.
CAREFULLY dispense approximately 25 eggs into small paper cups. Hang cups individually near foliage, out of direct sunlight. Eggs will hatch within 2-3 weeks of release, depending on ambient temperature. Young Podisus emerge from egg capsules and move as a group out of cup and onto the nearest leaf. Use a cup of 25 loose eggs for each "hot-spot" or 25 loose eggs per 10 square meters. (100 sq ft)
Life Cycle at 23 degrees Celsius (73 degrees Fahrenheit)
Egg - adult 30 days
sex-ratio (% female) 50 %
Eggs/female 700 - 800 eggs
Longevity 2 - 3 months
  • Taxonomy: Hemiptera: Pentatomidae
  • Origin: North America
  • Common Name: Spined Soldier Bug
  • Target Pest: Caterpillars, beetle larvae, Colorado Potato Beetle, Lygus bugs and many other (immature) insects
  • Development Stages: Egg - 5 Nymphal Stages - Adult
  • Identification: Adult Podisus are pale brown, about 8.5 - 13 mm (1/3 - 1/2 in) long and have prominent spurs on the back. The eggs are yellow to gold colored, laid in clusters of 20 - 30 and have a ring of spines. young nymphs are red and black; older nymphs have red, black, yellow-orange and creamy colored bands and patches.
  • Mode of Action: Adults and nymphs feed on many insects and insect larvae. They stab their prey with their mouthparts, inject a toxin in them and then suck them empty.
  • Results: Dead caterpillars can be seen on the plants, often a Podisus can be seen walking around with a caterpillar on it beak.
  • Storage: Introduce the beneficials as soon as possible after receipt. If storage is necessary, keep them at 8 - 10 degrees Celsius (46 - 50 degrees Fahrenheit). If storage is longer than 1 day, store them at 5 degrees Celsius (41 degrees Fahrenheit).
  • Remarks: Adult Podisus are highly mobile and will spread rapidly throughout the crop by walking and flying. Nymphs can walk easily from plant to plant when plans are touching each other.