Orius insidiosus originates from North America and is a standard corrective treatment for Thrips in glasshouse crops. The main target is Western Flower Thrips (Frankliniella occidentalis). It is often released as a follow up treatment after predatory mites such as Amblyseius cucumeris. The bugs are supplied in 250ml bottles containing 500 adults and late instar nymphs packed in a buckwheat & vermiculite carrier. A protein food source in the bottles ensures optimal condition of the bugs on delivery. Oriline is reared under the “ACTIV” system which gives fast establishment in crops.
Orius is a predatory bug that is often used in a programme with predatory mites in crops such as peppers where it will quickly establish when feeding on the target pest and pollen. The introduction of Amblyseius cucumeris / A swirskii will control young thrips and the Orius will compliment this by predating on both the juveniles and the adult thrips.
Adults: Use at the rate of 0.5-1.0 Orius per m².