A method for rearing the predaceous mite, <i>Phytoseilus persimilis</i> (Acarina: Phytoseiidae)


  • T. L. Theaker Research Station Agriculture Canada Sidney, B.C.
  • N. V. Tonks Research Station Agriculture Canada Sidney, B.C.


<i>Phytoseilus persimilis</i>, Acarina, Phytoseiidae


The predaceous mite, <i>Phytoseiulus persimilis</i> Athias-Henriot, was reared successfully in a darkened growth chamber on blotting paper on a freezer carton lid floated on water in a plastic saucer. Predators were fed with two-spotted spider mites collected from infested bean leaves with a mite brushing machine.


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