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Buying Ladybirds (bugs) etc.

Posted by brien_nz 8 (My Page) on
Thu, Sep 11, 08 at 19:09

In the US and the UK it is possible to buy boxes of ladybirds, lacewings and other beneficial insects to release into your garden or greenhouse. I have not been able to find a supplier in New Zealand. Does anyone know if it is possible to buy these things here?

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RE: Buying Ladybirds (bugs) etc.

If you're in Canterbury - ask at your regional council in the weed control section. They usually have contact with the bio-control agencies and may directly know of someone who is working in this area.

Another possible is your local branch of Tree Crops, the Soil Association, and your Biodynamic producers - probably more the latter two. You might be able to check with whatever MAF has morphed into to see if there's a Biodynamic field officer in your area you could contact direct -even if you aren't interested in that method overall.

RE: Buying Ladybirds (bugs) etc.

Also try Massey University which may not actually supply, but will know where you can buy them.

Another option - see if bug man Ruud Kleinpaaste (sp?) is on Twitter or Facebook, and post a message asking him.

And when you have an answer, please share here? I'm after Steel Blue Ladybugs, as they are predators specific to citrus trees. Thanks

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