Apheline Aphelinus abdominalis

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Apheline contains the parasitoid Aphelinus abdominalis. This tiny wasp will sting and parasitise young stages of aphids such as Macrosiphum euphorbiae and Aulacorthum solani. Aphelinus abdominalis adults also feed on younger aphid instars contributing to overall control. This species should be used in preventative IPM programs against a wide range of aphids. It is a relatively long lived species so it is a good complement to releases of Aphiline and/or Erviline because it helps to give longer term control.

Key Features

  • High reproduction rate: 250 offspring per female in 3 weeks.
  • Strong Efficacy: Stings 2nd and 3rd instar aphids.
  • Host feeds on 1st and 2nd instar larvae.
  • Excellent on Macrosiphum euphorbiae.
  • Longer lived species that stays on the crop.
  • Ventilated cap & sugar-water feeder ring ensures adult survival in vial.

Main uses


How It Works

The female wasp lays an egg within the aphid. The egg hatches within 2-3 days and the wasp larvae feeds on the aphid leaving a parasitized mummy on the plant. For preventive control, releases should be made weekly during the period when aphids are most likely to be found in the crop (usually in the spring or early summer). Apheline is often used in combination with other products, for example Aphiline or Erviline. Alternatively, Apheline is available as part the of Aphiline Veg, Aphiline Strawberry, Aphiline Berry & Aphiline Flower. For advice on recommended release rates, consult the Bioline App.

Available delivery systems

30ml vial containing purified mummies in sufficient quantity to yield 250 adults

Handling & Storage

Instructions for use

  • Open among plants in the greenhouse.
  • With the vial held horizontally at 45° angle, carefully remove the lid.
  • Release adult parasites evenly by gently tapping the opened vial while walking through the crop.
  • Recap the vial and store at greenhouse temperature until more adults have hatched.
  • Repeat the distribution of adults daily for 2-4 days.
  • Place the open vial containing the remaining mummies upright in the crop for 3-4 days.Make introductions early in the day or in late afternoon/early evening.

Storage and transport

  • Keep out of direct sunlight.
  • Transport and store at 6-10°C /43-50°F.
  • Use within 18 hours of receipt.