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Amblyseius (=Neoseiulus) cucumeris, the thrips predatory mite, are useful for the prevention, control, and management of various thrips species. Like most of the Amblyseius spp., A. cucumeris are tough, flexible predators. These happen to prefer thrips, mostly the immature thrips stages. A. cucumeris are shipped as adults, immatures and eggs (the latter are not part of the guaranteed count) in a bran-flake/vermiculite carrier along with a food source, the mold mite (Tyrophagus putrescentiae). This mold mite is merely a sustainable food source for the predatory mites while they're in transit.
Some of the species they can devour include: the western flower thrips (Frankliniella occidentalis); the flower thrips or eastern flower thrips (F. tritici); the onion thrips (Thrips tabaci); the greenhouse thrips (Heliothrips haemorrhoidalis); and possibly the melon thrips (Thrips palmi), too. Other pests which can be impacted by these predators include cyclamen mites (Phtyodromus =Steneotarsonemus pallidus), broad mites (Polyphagotarsenomus =Hemitarsonemus latus) and, to a slight degree, tomato russet mite (Aculops lycopersici). And, as Amblyseius spp., these predators may eat other pests as well.