Linda is a native ladybeetle (but without the spots!) that feeds on mealy bugs. Delivered as approximately 40 juvenile ladybeetles. Both adults and juveniles feed on mealy bugs.
Linda is sent via Express Post and is usually received in approximately 7-10days. Dispatch is planned to minimise transit time with Australia Post and will be generally shipped early the following week of ordering.
Cryptolaemus beetles (Linda) are a type of ladybird native to Australia. They are a very efficient, natural enemy of mealybug, with both the larvae and adult beetle preying on these pests. Cryptolaemus larvae are covered in white waxy filaments, making them very similar in appearance to mealybugs. However, older larvae are larger than mealybugs. With experience, the two can readily be differentiated. Adult females lay up to ten eggs per day directly into mealybug egg masses. Adult beetles and newly hatched larvae feed on both mealybug eggs and young nymphs. Larvae move to protected areas, such as the underside of leaves, to pupate and subsequently emerge as adult beetles. Their entire life cycle takes between four and seven weeks, depending on temperature
Linda can be used to control mealybugs in a range of crops and environments. Like other predatory beetles, Linda is most efficient when her prey is plentiful. If the citrus mealybug (Planococcus citri) is present, Linda should be used in conjunction with the wasp parasite Leptomastix where available. Both adult beetles and larvae prey on mealybugs. They survive at temperatures of between 16–33°C but do best at around 28°C. Adult beetles are most active in sunny weather. Since Cryptolaemus beetles disperse readily, they work best where the mealybug population is large, or if they can be contained near the infested crop. Linda performs well in glasshouse, nursery, and indoor situations.