Staphyline biological control agent contains the predatory beetle, Atheta coriaria. It can be used in crops such as herbs and ornamentals to protect against soil and compost pests. It is a generalist feeder, but adults and young stages are particularly good at feeding on the larvae of fungus gnats (Bradysia spp, Lycoriella spp, and Sciara spp) and shoreflies (Scatella spp).
- Formulation contains mixed life stages – adults, larvae, pupae and eggs – for a balanced population.
- Visible predator. Adults are mobile resulting in good dispersal and establishment.
- Tolerant of a wide range of temperatures, humidity, light, irrigation and soil conditions, making them more suitable for year-round use in the greenhouse than other predators.
- Fungus gnats
- Thrips pupae