The Stratiolaelaps scimitus (Hypoapsis miles) is a soil-dwelling arthropod that is both a predator to pest larva/pupae and a detritivore. The combination of decomposer and predator makes them an essential part of any living soil ecosystem.
They're extremely effective against fungus gnat larvae and in studies have shown to be effective against the soil stages of thrips. In conjunction with the Rove Beetle (Dalotia coriaria) they have been known to also be effective against the root aphids as more of a defensive measure.
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Light brown, fast moving. Females are visible to the naked eye, but males generally are not.
Stratiolaelaps scimitus (Hypoaspis miles) are both predatory and detrivorous. They can be used in both reptile enclosures as well as living soil systems to improve soil balance, prevent parasitic mites and other pests.
Stratiolaelaps scimitus (Hypoaspis miles) travel and live in the upper portion of the rhizosphere generally within the top 1/2" of soil.
During both the adult and nymph phases, Hypoaspsis miles are ferocious eaters, consuming up to 5 prey per day.
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The reproduction cycle is relatively quick: Females lay eggs in soil hatching into nymphs within 24-48 hours. They become full adults within 5-6 days of nymph stage.
The average adult life-span is about 27 days and lay roughly 30 eggs in that period of time.
Source: PubMed.gov (Cabrera, Cloyd, Zaborski)
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Read More About These Key Soil-Based Beneficial Insects
- Oribatid Mites (Oribatida)
- Rove Beetles (Dalotia coriaria)
- Stratiolaelaps scimitus (Hypoaspis miles)
- Springtails (Collembola)
- Red Wiggler Worms (Eisenia Fetida)
- Enchytraeidae (Pot Worms)