Aphidius ervi

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These are live insects and MUST be shipped OVERNIGHT. No USPS or ground shipping.

TARGET PESTS:
Most Aphids. Potato aphid - Macrosiphum euporbiae, Greenhouse potato aphid - Aulacorthum solani, Pea aphid - Acyrthosiphon pisum, Green peach aphid.

DESCRIPTION:
A parasitic wasp that attacks several species of aphids. Used mostly in greenhouses producing vegetables and ornamentals. Adult wasps are black 4-5 mm long. Adult females lay eggs from their abdomen by quickly curling their abdomen and puncturing an aphid simultaneously with its ovipositor. The egg once inside the aphid will hatch into a larva and consumes the aphid. The larvae when fully grown will cut a slit in the carcass and attaches it to a fixed object. The larvae then pupates (spins a cocoon) inside the dead aphid. The mummified aphid swells into a characteristic round, golden brown mummy. The emerging adult will cut a symmetrical hole at the bottom end to escape from the mummified aphid. After injecting the aphid with an egg it takes about a week for the mummy to form and then another week for the adult to appear. Each female can lay more than 100 eggs.

PRODUCT INFORMATION: 
Aphidius ervi are shipped in containers of 250 and 500 adults.