How to use ChrysoLiv-E
What’s in the ChrysoLiv-E bottle?
Predator: Green lacewing eggs (Chrysoperla carnea)
Carrier: buckwheat hulls
How to release lacewing eggs?
- For best results, release as soon as receiving shipment.
- Gently rotate bottle, in a horizontal position, to evenly mix the predators.
- Shake the bottle while rotating to release the contents. Only release the eggs on dry areas of the plant.
- Avoid pesticides (organic or synthetic) before and after release.
- Avoid top watering or washing plants after release.
How to promote establishment?
Temp/humidity: Lacewing works best in warm and humid environments, temperatures of 26°C and a relative humidity of over 50% work well to promote establishment.
In order for lacewing larvae to pupate it needs to be well-fed. Add bugfeed to help larvae establish if there aren’t enough pests on the crop.
Once the green lacewing turns into an adult it only feeds on honeydew. Supplemental nectar can be added to crops to help lacewing adults establish and lay eggs. Some plants (grapes, peaches, etc) naturally secrete their own nectar which can help lacewing adults establish.
It is very rare for green lacewing to establish in house plants. The eggs should be replaced biweekly or monthly to keep a consistent lacewing larvae population on the plants.
How to spot lacewing larvae after releasing?
The best time to scout green lacewing larva is during the evening or when there is an overcast. They can be tough to spot since they are cryptic in nature and will hide when they sense movement.
How do I know when the eggs have hatched?
Once hatched the color of the eggs will change from vibrant light green to opaque-white