BioAnagyrus (Anagyrus vladimiri) is a solitary endoparasitoid of mealybugs in greenhouses, open fields and fruit crops worldwide. The female wasp prefers to lay its eggs singly, inside the third instar larvae and young adult female mealybugs. When the parasitoid larva hatches, it feeds on the internal organs of its host and develops within it. The pupal stage appears within a “mummy” (which is the hardened skin of the dead mealybug), when the adult emerges it gnawes an irregular exit hole at the posterior end of the “mummy”.
Anagyrus vladimiri’s adults show marked sexual dimorphism: the female is about 1.5-2 mm in length and brown, with distinctive black and white banded antennae. The male is smaller (0.8-0.9 mm in length), black in color bearing an arch-like pair of antennae.
The Anagyrus wasp can be combined with BioCryptolaemus (Cryptolaemus montrouzieri ). These two natural enemies are synergistic in controlling mealybug and can coexist in the same habitat.
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