|Amblyline cal is a product containing the predatory mite Amblyseius (Neoseiulus) californicus (McGregor), Phytoseiidae, Acari. It is a predator of various species of spider mite, including Tetranychus urticae and Tetranychus cinnabarinus. It can also feed and reproduce on other arthropod prey or pollen.
It is supplied as units of 2,000 mites mixed with a carrier material in 100ml bottles
Amblyseius californicus needs a license for release in some countries. It gives good control of spidermites. It should be used in hotter and drier situations where Phytoseiulus has some difficulties to control the pest. It is more expensive to use than Phytoseiulus persimilis and is not required in situations where the latter is already giving good control.
There are a number of acaricides that are compatible with use of Amblyseius californicus, such as hexithiazox. Dried residues of abamectin are not directly toxic, but ingestion of poisoned spider mites may result in death. This compound is useful for cleanup treatments early in the growth of the crop, or towards the end of the crop cycle. Seek advice before using with Sulphur.