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A Gardener's Best Friends

The Tyranosaurus Rex of the Insect Kingdom

Lady Beetles (Ladybugs)
(Hippodamia convergens)

Ladybug Beetle The most common of all beneficial insects, these voracious predators feed on aphids, adelgids, chinch bugs, asparagus beetle larvae, thrips, alfalfa weevils, bean thrips, grape root worms, Colorado potato beetle larvae, whitefly, and mites, as well as many other soft-bodied insects and eggs. And they are cost-effective, too.

Ladybugs are shipped to you in the adult stage. Each adult consumes about 5,000 aphids. Within 8 to 10 days of release each female ladybug lays 10 to 50 eggs daily on the underside of leaves. Eggs are usually deposited near prey such as aphids, often in small clusters in protected sites. Larvae grow from about 1 mm to 5 to 6 mm in length and may wander up to 40 feet in search of prey. Ladybug Larvae

In 2 to 5 days the larvae emerge as dark alligator-like flightless creatures with orange spots. The larvae eat 50 to 60 aphids per day. After 21 days the larva attaches itself by the abdomen to a leaf or other surface to pupate and adults emerge in 2 to 8 days depending on the temperature, completing the cycle. Under ideal conditions (temperature 61°F to 82°F; ladybugs won't fly when 55°F or lower) several generations may be produced.

Size Contains* Covers*
Mini Mesh Bag 1,500 ladybugs 1,000 square feet
1/2 pint 4,500 ladybugs 2,500 square feet
1 pint 9,000 ladybugs 5,000 square feet
1 quart 18,000 ladybugs 15,000 square feet
1/2 gallon 36,000 ladybugs 5 acres
1 gallon 72,000 ladybugs 10 to 20 acres
*Number of ladybugs and coverage area are approximate.

Click here for Release and Storage Guidelines.

112515Lady Beetles, Promo Bag - (approx 300)$7.45
112515Lady Beetles, Mini Mesh Bag - (approx 1,500)$11.90Limit 2
112531Lady Beetle, SM - 1/2 pt (approx 4,500)$22.80UNAVAILABLE
112541Lady Beetle, MD - 1 pt (approx 9,000)$32.30UNAVAILABLE
112551Lady Beetle, LG - 1 qt (approx 18,000)$49.00UNAVAILABLE
112561Lady Beetle, XL - 1/2 gal (aprox. 36,000)$81.70UNAVAILABLE
112572Lady Beetle, Farm Size - 1 gal. (aprox 70,000)$128.80UNAVAILABLE


NOTE: Because ladybugs are collected in the wild, availability is subject to Nature's whims.

Due to drought conditions in California, water is being conserved in the agricultural valleys
and ladybug habitat is reduced. Ladybugs are laying fewer eggs. Therefore, we prefer not to
further reduce the adult ladybug population in order to allow ladybugs to replenish next year.

Ladybugs are not extinct or endangered as a population, because our collectors indeed know where
they are. The collectors have made the decision to limit ladybug collection in order to protect them.

Preferred Shipping methods: FedEx 2 Day or Overnight.
1/2 gallon and gallon sizes ship FedEx Overnight only.

Permit required for shipment to Hawaii and many countries outside the USA.

"Live & perishable product sales, once shipped are final, non-cancelable
and non-refundable, unless approved by a Biocontrol Network officer."

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