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The White Fly Destroyer

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Maddy T

on 5 March 2013

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Delphastus catalinae The White Fly Destroyer What is it? Facts Habitat How will we use them? Delphastus catalinae Larvae Product By Maddy, Hunter and Bree Delphastus Catalinae is a beetle which preys on white flies on plants. This beetle can be especially helpful when trying to control a white fly population within your home, or in a greenhouse. The idea is for us to use these beetles in the greenhouse to control the white fly population there.

A single beetle eats up to 10,000 whiteflies during their lifetime These beetles will live on vegetables including:

If we use the Delphatus catalinae beetles: Max life span 25 days, 61-90 degrees Preys on whiteflies, or other pests if there are not enough flies Females lay 3-4 eggs per day through their life. Some Facts About the Delphastus catalinae A single beetle eats up to 10,000 whiteflies during its lifetime in three weeks 100 beetles turns into 10,000 beetles 50 beetle’s cover 2500 square feet spread out the 100 beetles we receive onto 20 greenhouse plants, or 5 on each plant. We will then keep monotoring these beetles and their activities for the next few months. We will be looking for their eggs, and traces of their feces to show activity. When we get a lot of bugs on one plant, we will take them off the plant and spread them to many plants If we get a big enough population of them, we can collect them in plastic containers, keep them in a cool place, and sell them to people tomatoes peppers cucumbers and more! Place these beetles on any infected plant and.... Ta-Da! White fly population is greatly diminished These beetles also do well on flowers, and other plants, including poinsettias! Prey on all stages of the White Fly life cycle
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