Orcon Cryptolaemus (25 live adults) (CM-C25)


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Order Shipment Schedule – Will ship (under 90 degrees and above 30 degrees Fahrenheit) Monday through Wednesday Nationally and Monday through Thursday SoCal to ensure products do not sit in a facility over the weekend and possibly perish. Any order received after 2:30 PM EST Wednesday is scheduled to ship the following Monday to ensure its survival.


IMPORTANT: These are live organisms that are shipped directly from the manufacturer via UPS 2nd Day Air or USPS Priority Mail so they do not die during transit.  A physical address is required for UPS to deliver your package.


Shipment of your order is determined by the following factors in order of importance:

  1. When we receive your order.
  2. Forecasted temperatures in your area (we check) combined with the temperature sensitivity of the bug you ordered.
  3. Confirmation that your bugs are 'in stock'.
If we receive your order  your order will ship
Wednesday after 2:30 pm EST but before Tuesday 2:30 pm EST Tuesday
Tuesday after 2:30 pm EST, but before 2:30 pm EST Wednesday Wednesday


Occasionally, the Beneficial Insects arrive in poor condition due to circumstances beyond our control like: non-delivery, non forecasted temperature spike, bugs left in hot delivery truck too long, package left in hot sun too many hours. If this happens call us and, after verification, we will make other arrangements. Also, Holidays that impact our ability to ship will cause adjustments to the schedule above.



{ $57.07
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Orcon Cryptolaemus (25 live adults) (CM-C25) box (25 lady bugs) (CM-C25) $57.07
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Orcon Cryptolaemus (25 live adults) (CM-C25)

The Orcon Control Mealy Bugs Cryptolaemus (25 live adults) (CM-C25) offers all-season protection against plant-sucking insects. They actively feed on mealybug eggs, immatures and adults. Cryptolaemus are like small ladybugs with a black body, and orange head and tail. They have a voracious appetite that also kills immature whitefly, immature scale and aphids. Apply 1 to 5 per square foot or 500 to 5,000 per acre. Use at first appearance of target pests and continue as needed. One box contains 25 live adult lady bugs that destroys mealy bugs.


USE: Cryptolaemus beetles (cryp’-to-la’-mus) are frequently called "Mealybug Destroyers" for their avid craving for mealybugs! Their appearance is similar to small ladybugs with a head and tail in orange and the body is black. They select mealybugs as their first choice, but they will also eat immature scale, aphids, and immature whiteflies.

Release: Gently shake the beetles directly onto infested plants in the evening of the same day received. If release must be delayed, store in a cool (60-65F) dark area and smear a little honey on the inside of the lid of the container for food.

Coverage: Use about 10 beetles per tree, 2-5 per plant, or about 5 per square yard for planted area.

Life Cycle: The Cryptolaemus beetles will lay their amber colored eggs in the mealybug egg mass, and the eggs will hatch in 10-14 days. The larvae are hard to see at first, but grow rapidly as they also feed on mealybugs. They are alligator shaped and as they mature they develop a white waxy coating that makes it difficult to tell them apart from the mealybugs. However, this also helps them attack their prey. The entire cycle takes about 30 days.

Recommendations: Since ants are attracted to the honeydew secreted by mealybugs, it is important to control the ants before using the Cryptolaemus. Ants will actually attack the Cryptolaemus if they are in the area. If using indoors, keep in mind that the Cryptolaemus will be attracted to sources of light. Cryptolaemus are very susceptible to pesticides and they should not be used for at least two week prior to release.

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