Voracious ladybird to tackle large whitefly hot spots

What is Delphastus-System?

  • The small black ladybird Delphastus catalinae
  • Both the larvae and the adults are efficient against whitefly
  • Biological control of both the tobacco whitefly Bemisia tabaci and the greenhouse whitefly Trialeurodes vaporariorum
  • Curative biological control agent of large whitefly hot spots 

What are the benefits of Delphastus-System?

  • Active during the entire season because D. catalinae is not diapause sensitive
  • Whitefly larvae that have already been parasitized by parasitic wasps will be avoided
  • Can survive a short cold period 

How does biological control with Delphastus-System work?

  • D. catalinae traces prey through touching
  • They prefer the early stages but feed on all whitefly stages
  • Females eat 100 to 150 whitefly eggs a day to ensure reproduction  
  • Both the larvae and the adults need a large food supply to survive, more than 1000 whitefly eggs or 700 larvae
  • They need to be introduced in large whitefly populations 

In which crops you can introduce Delphastus-System?

Ornamental crops such as gerbera 

Want to know more? Please contact your Biobest advisor for tailored advice.



Packaging: 30 ml plastic tube

Contents: 100 adults

Carrier: filter paper



Packaging: 250 ml plastic tube

Contents: 1000 adults

Carrier: filter paper


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