CRYPTOBUG: Cryptolaemus montrouzieri

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Target Pests:

  • Mexican mealybug (Phenacoccus gossypii)
  • Citrus mealybug (Planococcus citri)
  • Comstock mealybug (Pseudococcus comstocki)
  • Obscure mealybug (Pseudococcus obscurus)
  • Solenopsis mealybug (Phenacoccus solenopsis)


Cryptolaemus montrouzieri is a ladybug beetle. They are produced in insectaries as opposed to wild collected.

  • Adult Cryptolaemus has a shiny black body, orange head and thorax and is prox. 5mm long.
  • Female can lay up to 10 eggs for up to 50 days.
  • Larvae are white and shaggy-coated looking very similar to mealybugs.
  • Cryptolaemus larvae can grow up to 1 cm long and can consume up to 250 mealybugs and their eggs.

Use in Biological Control:

Cryptolaemus montrouzieri is effective, safe and economical long-term solution to manage mealybug infestation. While they are opportunistic and eat also other pests, they are most effective cleaning up large populations of mealybugs.

  • Optimum temperature for Cryptolaemus is between 64-91°F with humidity level of 70% or more.
  • Adults will lay eggs in the cottony egg-mass produced by mealybug
  • Larvae will hatch and consume small mealybugs and eggs. 

Life Cycle:

The life cycle of Cryptolaemus montrouzieri is approximately 3 weeks in immature stages
The adult life of Cryptolaemus lasts about 1 month.

Introduction Rates:

General introduction rate of Cryptolaemus montrouzieri is 2-8 beneficials each per 10 square feet.

Cryptolaemus can only be shipped UPS Next Day Air. If you select any other shipping method your order will not ship until you have authorized overnight shipping and overnight shipping charges.

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From Koppert's East and West coast shipping points:

  • Orders processed by Thursday, 10:30 AM, will ship the following Monday or Tuesday
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  • Orders processed by Monday, 10:30 AM, will ship on Thursday
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  • Please note:  If you select a 2nd Day shipping method at checkout, your order will be scheduled to ship the following Monday or Tuesday.
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  • Orders must be processed by Thursday, 10:00 AM, for pickup the following Thursday
  • Model: CryptoBug
  • Manufactured by: Koppert: Cool Box

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