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Lacewing fail

Posted by tropicgal 8b CA (My Page) on
Mon, May 20, 13 at 18:06

So disappointing. I'm having trouble with spider mites and aphids so I bought plants that have nectar and pollen to keep lacewings happy and planted them throughout the yard. I sent for and released lacewing eggs twice with no success. I put them out in the evening on leaves that were misted with water, and the white specks are still sitting there weeks later. What am I doing wrong?

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RE: Lacewing fail

The white specks might be cast skins -- in other words, not aphids but their old "skins."

any chance of pictures?

RE: Lacewing fail

Here is a picture of the stuff I sprinkled on the leaf. It looks the same as when I sprinkled it when the lacewing eggs arrived. IMG_2974

I have 1 more package of lacewing eggs on the way. Any advice on making them more successful?

RE: Lacewing fail

Oh, so those are the white specks you mentioned?

If so, they won't disappear until blown or brushed off. They're bran or something similar to cushion the very small lacewing eggs also in the package.

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