Target Pests: General predator. Orius feeds on several species of pests; Thrips, Aphids, Whiteflies, Mites and Moth eggs.
Description: Orius (also known as minute pirate bugs) are general predators, feeding on many pest species. Primarily used to control all stages of thrips. Adults kill as many as 80 pests per day. Without pests to eat, Orius will feed on pollen. Multiple releases are recommended because it takes 4-6 weeks to establish a colony. Adults are tiny flying insects (3mm). Females can lay up to 3 eggs per day. Nymphs go through 5 instars before adult. All stages are predatory. Orius may enter into diapause (hibernation) when day light is less than 12 hours.
Release Rates: .5 to 1 per 10 sq.ft.
Lifespan: Egg to adult: about 2 weeks, adults live for about 14 days.