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Egg parasitoid of fruitspotting bugs

Target Pests

Fruit spotting bug - Amblypelta nitida

Banana spotting bug -
Amblypelta lutescens lutescens


Crops suitable

Avocadoes, Macadamia nuts, custrard apples, passionfruit, pawpaws, mangoes....


Anastatus are about 3 mm long, black, ant like, and systematically move over foliage in search of hosts.

There are a number of species that parasitise fruitspotting bug eggs. Very little is know at this stage about the abundance and distribution of the various species.

They lay one egg into each bug egg. These eggs take about 23 days to develop into adults inside the bug eggs.

Anastatus egg parasitoid laying its egg into a fruitspotting bug egg

How to use

FSB breed primarily around the crop and fly in when they become adults if the crop is at an attractive stage.

Anastatus are therefore released into or near to areas where FSB are breeding - hot spots in the crop, along crop boundaries and alternative hosts nearby.

They are released regularly, every 3 to 4 weeks through the warmer months. The aim is to reduce the migration of adult bugs into the crop.

The Anastatus are despatched as pupae developing inside silkworm eggs that are glued onto cards which are hung up in trees.


Above: Fruitspotting bug adult



Above: Banana spotting bug nymph


Lots more info at BioResources web site

Also the BioResources FSB BioControl BLOG


Above: Anastatus male(left) is smaller that the female