Amblyline Amblyseius cucumeris

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Amblyline biological control agent contains the predatory mite Amblyseius cucumeris. It is a predator of Western Flower thrips, Chili Thrips and several other thrips species.

Key Features

  • Targets a wide range of thrips species.
  • Long history of highly effective use against thrips larvae.
  • Disperses quickly throughout the crop.
  • Applicable for use in a wide range of crops.
  • Amblyseius mites can also feed on pollen which allows for effective, long term control.
  • Mites are not susceptible to diapause.

Main uses

  • Thrips (Western Flower Thrips, Chili Thrips)
  • Broad mite
  • Cyclamen mite

How It Works

  • The formulation is carefully designed to increase the number of predatory Amblyseius cucumeris mites that are released onto the crop each day.
  • Total Cucumeris mite development time at 24°C/75°F is 6-9 days. This development time complements the lifecycle of Western Flower Thrips.
  • Optimum temperature range for Cucumeris mites is 66-80°F with humidity between 65%-75%.
  • The beneficial mites feed on first larval stage (L1) and cannot attack larger larvae or adults.


Release a breeding colony of mites onto the plant, even before the target pest is present. The breeding colony is contained within a small paper sachet, which is carefully designed to maintain the colony in good condition. Mites continue to emerge from sachets over several weeks and in much higher numbers than with a single broadcast release.

Loose Material

An immediate and high dose of predatory mites. Good for quickly establishing a population of mites and providing an immediate defense for your crop.

Available delivery systems

Controlled release system (CRS) sachets

  • The original sachet product.
  • Large sachet gives perfect breeding environment.
  • Trusted and reliable.
Mini Sachets
  • Smaller sachets for more introduction points.
  • Best used where the leaves of plants are not expected to touch or grow together.
Gemini Sachets
  • Best used in crops with overhead irrigation or where a horizontal wire or string exists
  • Unique, patented, water-resistant twin sachet design with two predator-breeding compartments.
  • Water runs off the outer surface which keeps the exit hole protected and makes the sachet more water resistant.
  • There is no hook to get wet, so sachets remain on the plants.
  • Water-resistant design allows for maximum emergence of predatory mites.

Sachets on a Stick

  • Propagation is one of the most critical times for pest management. Mini sachets on a stick are ideal for effective pest prevention and control at this time.
  • Labor savings versus weekly broadcast applications.
  • Water-resistant sticks do not take any plug space away.
  • Stick is round and small and can be used in any plug tray size.
  • Can be applied in propagation at sticking or seeding line.
  • Exit hole for mites is protected under waterproof.


  • 6 x 100m strips of sachets.
  • Unique, patented delivery system developed by Bioline to help growers reduce the manual labor associated with using sachets or applying loose material.
  • Can be mechanically layered onto crop, saving up to eight labor hours per acre compared to using single sachets.
  • Unique design of Bugline ensures maximum emergence of BCAs even under stressful conditions.
  • Works well in crops with overhead irrigation because water runs off the outer surface while the exit hole stays dry on the lower surface.
  • Bugline is particularly useful in a cut flower operation such as cut chrysanthemums where Bugline can be placed on top of the crop support mesh wiring.
  • For advice on recommended release rates, consult The Bioline App.

New Generation Bugline

  • 6 x 100m strips of sachets made out of a new high-performance material.
  • New Generation Bugline has been designed specifically for use in cut Chrysanthemums. The sachet material and formulation have been carefully optimised to ensure maximum efficacy in this crop.
  • The new paper type and formulation are combined with a New Generation Bugline Strategy to provide proven year round results, even in hot summers!

Bulk Bags & Tubes

  • Bulk bags and tubes provide an immediate dose of mites, offering immedaite protection to your crop.
  • Available as loose material in 5L (5qt) bulk bags containing 125,000 mites
  • Available as loose material in 1L (1qt) cardboard tubes containing 25,000 mites.

Handling & Storage

Instructions for Sachets on a Stick

  • Open shipping box of sachets within the crop.
  • Separate sachets by tearing along perforations.
  • Stick one sachet into each propagation tray, pot or shuttle tray.
  • Place sachet stick into the plug tray or pot/rockwool cube and have sachet sit approximately 1/8” above the growing media.
  • Mites will emerge for 4 to 8 weeks.

Instructions for CRS, Gemini or Mini Sachet Use

  • Do not hang adjacent to heating pipes.
  • Do not hang sachets where they will be directly exposed to intense sunlight.
  • Open the shipping box of sachets in the crop.
  • If required, separate sachets by tearing along perforations.
  • Mites will emerge from sachets for up to six weeks.

Instructions for Loose Material

  • Keep containers horizontal and cool until use.
  • Do not expose to direct sunlight at any time.
  • Immediately before opening, gently rotate the container to distribute mites evenly throughout the carrier material.
  • Open each container in the crop when ready to use.

Storage and transport

  • Keep out of direct intense sunlight.
  • Transport and store at 10-15°C / 50-59°F and > 65% humidity.
  • Use within 18 hours of receipt.