Biological control of Tuta absoluta - Macrolophus pygmaeus
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The predatory bug Macrolophus pygmaeus has a varied diet. While it shows a preference for whitefly it is also very effective against Tuta absoluta. Macrolophus eats the eggs and all larval stages of Tuta absoluta, although it prefers first-instar larvae. When Macrolophus feeds on eggs or larvae it sucks out the body contents leaving only the empty skin.