Staphyline (Atheta coriaria)

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Staphyline contains Athetacoriaria, a Staphylinid beetle that is a predator of soil and compost pests. This rove beetle is a generalist arthropod feeder, but the adults and young stages are particularly good at feeding on the larvae of sciarid flies and shore flies. It should be introduced early in the growing season and, with careful management, good populations will build up to give high levels of control.

Target Crops » All indoor crops
Target Pest »Sciarid Flies, Shore Flies & Thrips pupae
Target Life Stage » Egg and Juvenile
Delivery Systems » Tubes, bucket, and Breeding kits

Key Features

  • Formulation contains mixed life stages – adults, larvae, pupae and eggs – for a balanced population.
  • Visible predator. Adults are mobile resulting in good dispersal and establishment.
  • Tolerant of a wide range of temperatures, humidity, light, irrigation and soil conditions, making them more suitable for year-round use in the greenhouse than other predators.

Target Pests

  • Fungus gnats
  • Shore flies
  • Thrips pupae

How It Works

  • Introduced early in the growing season.
  • Fast-moving predator effective at a wide temperature range of 12-35°C (54-95°F).
  • Belongs to a family of beetles renowned for aggressive feeding behavior, particularly on soil-dwelling larvae of small Diptera species.

Available delivery systems

  • Staphlyline is supplied in 1L (1qt) cardboard tubes containing 500 predators. It is also available in bulk bags containing 3,000 predators.

Available delivery systems

  • Staphlyline is supplied in 1L (1qt) cardboard tubes containing 500 predators. It is also available in a 5L bucket containing 3,000 predators.

Handling & Storage

Instructions for use

  • Gently tumble container to get a more consistent mix.
  • Rotate lid cover to fully open position for application.
  • Push the cut-out lid where marked to open tube
  • Shake contents gently onto potting media, capillary matting, and any areas of algal growth where flies are suspected to be breeding.
  • Monitor performance using fresh yellow sticky traps at weekly intervals. Trap catches will decline over 2-6 weeks post treatment.
  • Do not use with soil incorporated insecticides without confirming safety.
  • Suitable for all greenhouse plants.
  • For advice on recommended release rates, consult your technical specialist.

Storage and transport

  • Keep in darkness at 10-15°C (50-59°F) until ready to use.
  • Use within 18 hours of receipt.