Pests controlled
• predator of 1st and 2nd instar thrips larvae

Identification
• larvae have 6 legs & are inactive and do not feed
• tan coloured adults (0.4 mm long) with elongated bodies and 4 pairs of legs
• difficult to see in crop

Development
• white eggs (0.14 mm) often laid on hairs on leaf bottoms
• can enter diapause if daylength is shorter than 12- 14 hours of light per day
o must use supplemental lighting to avoid diapause and maintain high levels of reproduction
• humidity of over 70% is necessary for egg hatch
• egg to adult is 9 days at 25˚C, and 6 days at 30˚C

Dispersion
• easier to attack and move on leaves without many hairs
• migrate on leaves and over ground to locate prey