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Aphiline (Aphidius colemani)

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Aphiline contains the Braconid wasp, Aphidius colemani. This species is a highly effective hunter, flying throughout the crop to find aphid hosts. A female can parasitize approximately 300 aphids in her lifetime! Parasitism is manifested by immobility and swelling of the aphid, which eventually turns into a golden mummy. Once parasitized, the aphid quickly becomes harmless to the plant. 4 to 7 days after mummification (at 21°C), the adult A. Colemani emerges and parasitizes again.

Target Crops: All indoor and outdoor crops
Target Pest: Small Aphid species (Aulacorthum
Solani, Macrosiphum Euphorbiae, Myzussp, Sitobion Sp., Schizaphis Sp., Rhodobium Sp. & Acyrthosiphum Sp.)
Target Life Stage » Whole life cycle
Delivery Systems » Bottles, Vials & Blister Packs

Key Features of Aphiline

  • Prevents aphid populations from developing and reduces moderate populations to non-damaging levels.
  • Adults begin to emerge in transit, ready for immediate release.
  • Not light sensitive – no diapause stage.
  • Ventilation and food source available in packaging ensures adult survival in transit and storage.
  • Suitable for all indoor and outdoor crops.

Pests that Aphiline Targets

  • Aphids

How Aphiline Works

  • The female wasp lays an egg within the aphid. The egg hatches within 2-3 days and the wasp larvae will feed on the aphid leaving a parasitized mummy on the plant.
  • The colemani life cycle takes 10 days at 25°C / 77°F or 14 days at 21°C / 70°F.
  • For preventive control, releases should be made weekly during periods when aphids are most likely to be found in the crop (usually in the spring or early summer).
  • Where aphid colonies are already present, Aphiline can be used curatively at a higher rate, generally by releasing the parasites immediately adjacent to colonies.
  • If no previous releases of Aphidius colemani have been made, aphid populations can grow rapidly and supplemental control methods may be needed.
  • Continue using Aphiline preventively so aphid populations do not become a recurring problem.
  • For advice on recommended release rates, consult your technical specialist.

Available delivery systems for Aphiline

  • 30mL (1oz) vial containing purified mummies in sufficient quantity to yield 500 or 1,000 Aphidius colemani
  • 250mL bottle containing 5,000 mummies.
  • 10 blister packs containing 100 mummies per blister to yield 1000 Aphidius colemani

Handling & Storage for Aphiline

Instructions for Aphiline Vials & Bottles

Release weekly at low rates as aphids begin to appear in the crop. If aphid colonies become established, make localized hotspot treatments or intervene at the economic threshold. If aphids are suspected of transmitting virus or populations are high, use a compatible chemical control before releasing Aphidius colemani. Do not spray between release of adults and mummy formation.
  • Open among plants in the greenhouse.
  • With the vial held horizontally at 45° angle, carefully remove the lid.
  • Release adult parasites evenly by gently tapping the opened vial while walking through the crop.
  • Recap the vial and store at greenhouse temperature until more adults have hatched.
  • Repeat the distribution of adults daily for 2-4 days.
  • Place the open vial containing the remaining mummies upright in the crop for 3-4 days.
  • Make introductions early in the day or in late afternoon/early evening.

Instructions for Aphiline Blister Pack use

  • Open the box in the greenhouse.
  • Remove sheet of blister packs from the envelope, and separate along perforations.
  • Bend the card forward slightly at the top of the blister, and pull the tab up.
  • Hang opened blister onto leaf petioles within crop so it is in a shaded position.

Storage and transport of Aphiline

  • Keep out of direct sunlight.
  • Transport and store at 6-10°C /43-50°F.
  • Use within 18 hours of receipt.

Addition Information for Aphiline

Aphiline is available in the following units:

  • 250 unit / 250ml / ml bottle
  • 500 / vial, 1000 / vial, 5,000 / vial
  • 250 ml bottle
  • 10 bilsters *
  • 100 / blister

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