Active flyer and fast runner. Thrives in damp conditions. Introduce early during propagation cycles in greenhouses.

Dalotia coriaria are a nocturnal soil-dwelling generalist predator that targets a wide range of underground pests in various life stages, particularly eggs. Measuring about 3-4mm long, they are light to dark brown in color with short wing covers and flexible elongated abdomens that curve upward under certain stimuli. Dalotia coriaria are active fliers and fast runners so it’s advisable to wait until you’re in the introduction area to open the container. Adult females lay several hundred individual eggs in the soil or growing medium near pest populations. These eggs hatch within 3-7 days into larvae, initiating an active feeding phase that lasts for about 10-14 days before entering the pupal stage. After approximately 3-7 days of pupation, they emerge from the cocoon as adults. The lifecycle from egg to adult is approximately 14-21 days, and the adult lifespan is about 2-4 weeks.

For complete fungus gnat control, use in conjunction with Hypoaspis miles, a soil-dwelling predatory mite, and Beneficial Nematodes SF.