Spider mite destroyer
Stethorus punctum (Leconte)
Adults are oval, convex, uniformly shiny black, and covered with sparse, fine yellowish to white hairs (A). The larva is gray to blackish and has many long-branched hairs and black patches (B). As the larva matures, it becomes reddish, at first on the edges of the body, and eventually entirely just prior to pupation (C).
Note: This species is sensitive to most broad-spectrum insecticides.
The larvae and adults are important predators of mites. Normally not found in tree fruits north of PA.
Note: Both forms can consume as much as 100 motile forms per day.
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