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Benevia Insecticide

APVMA approval:   66684/54183

Active Constituent(s): 100 g/L cyantraniliprole 
Registered For:



 Commercial use

 Domestic use

Overview: For the control of insect pests in certain vegetables. 

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Label (279.5 KB)

General Instructions


Benevia insecticide is an anthranilic diamide insecticide in the form of an oil-based suspension concentrate (oil dispersion), to be mixed with water and applied as a foliar spray.  Benevia is particularly active on both sucking and chewing (Lepidopteran) insect pests, and is specially formulated for maximum performance by foliar applications in vegetables.


Before application monitor insect populations to determine whether or not there is a need for application of Benevia insecticide based on locally determined economic thresholds. More than one treatment of Benevia insecticide may be required to control a population of pests.


Benevia enters larvae primarily by ingestion, but also by contact.  The product also shows ovicidal, ovi-larvicidal and adulticide efficacy, depending upon the pest species.  Exposure of the pest species typically results in rapid feeding cessation within a few hours of exposure, however the time to death may take 3 to 6 days, depending upon the species.

Integrated Pest Management


Benevia insecticide has been specifically designed for use in Integrated Pest Management (IPM) schemes.  Application of Benevia according to this label is expected to be safe to predatory mites, and spiders, but may have adverse effects on parasitoid wasps, ladybird beetles, lacewings and rove beetles in the treated field and parasitoid wasps in downwind areas reached by spray drift.  While these beneficial arthropods cannot be relied upon to control pests, they are of potential value and can be monitored along with pests in pest management programs on these crops.  According to the standards of Good Agricultural Practices and stewardship, Benevia should not be applied when honeybees are actively foraging.


Insecticide Resistance Warning


For insecticide resistance management Benevia insecticide is a Group 28 insecticide.

Some naturally occurring insect biotypes resistant to Benevia and other Group 28 insecticides may exist through normal genetic variability in any insect population. The resistant individuals can eventually 

dominate the insect population if Benevia and other Group 28 insecticides are used repeatedly. The effectiveness of Benevia on resistant individuals could be significantly reduced.

Since the occurrence of resistant individuals is difficult to detect prior to use FMC accepts no liability for any losses that may result from the failure of Benevia to control resistant insects.


Benevia may be subject to specific resistance management strategies.  To help prevent the development of resistance to Benevia observe the following instructions:

  • Use Benevia in accordance with the current Insecticide Resistance Management (IRM) strategy for your region.

  • Apply Benevia or other Group 28 insecticides using a “window” approach to avoid exposure of consecutive insect pest generations to the same mode of action.  Multiple successive applications of Benevia or other Group 28 insecticides are acceptable if they are used to treat a single insect generation.

  • Following a “window” of Benevia or other Group 28 insecticides, rotate to a “window” of applications of effective insecticides with a different mode of action.

  • The total exposure period of all “Group 28-active windows” applied throughout the crop cycle (from seedling to harvest) should not exceed 50% of the crop cycle.

  • Incorporate IPM techniques into the overall pest management program.

  • Monitor insect populations for loss of field efficacy.


For further information contact your farm chemical supplier, consultant, local Department of Agriculture or Primary Industries, or local FMC Representative.

For additional information on insect resistance, modes of action and monitoring visit the Insecticide Resistance Action Committee (IRAC) on the web at www.irac-online.org




Fill spray tank to ¼ to ½ full of water. Measure the amount of Benevia required for the area to be sprayed. Add Benevia directly to the spray tank with the agitation engaged. Mix thoroughly to disperse the insecticide. Once dispersed, the material must be kept in suspension at all times by continuous agitation. Use mechanical or hydraulic means, DO NOT use air agitation, premix or slurry.

If spray solution is left standing, ensure thorough re-agitation of the spray mix until fully resuspended. DO NOT allow spray mix to sit overnight, as resuspension may be difficult.


Surfactant/Wetting Agent

Use an ethylated seed oil (such as Hasten) at 200 mL/100 L, up to a maximum of 1 L/ha.

DO NOT add a surfactant/wetting agent if:

  • mixing with another product which already contains a surfactant and/or the product label advises not to add a surfactant.

  • mixing with a liquid fertiliser


Acidification of the Spray Tank


If the pH of the spray tank after all products have been added and mixed is above pH 8, adjust to pH 8 or less using a registered acidifying agent.  If the spray tank pH is 8 or less no adjustment of the spray tank pH is necessary.  Spray tanks of pH 8 or less can be held for up to 8 hours before spraying.  DO NOT store the spray mixture overnight in the spray tank.




Benevia insecticide is compatible with many commonly used fungicides, liquid fertilisers, herbicides, insecticides, and biological control products.  However, since the formulations of products are always changing, it is advisable to test the physical compatibility of desired tank mixes and check for adverse effects like settling out or flocculation. To determine the physical compatibility, add the recommended proportions of the tank mix products to water, mix thoroughly and allow to stand for 20 minutes.  If the combination remains mixed, or can be re-mixed readily, it is considered physically compatible.  Avoid complex tank mixtures of several products or very concentrated spray mixtures.

The crop safety of all potential tank-mixes, including additives and other pesticides, on all crops has not been tested. Before applying any tank-mixture not specifically recommended on this label or other FMC supplemental labelling, the safety to the target crop must be confirmed. To test for crop safety, apply the combination to a small area of the target crop in accordance with the label instructions to ensure that a phytotoxic response will not occur.

DO NOT mix with copper based fungicides.


The mixing sequence recommended is: water soluble bags, dry flowable or water dispersible granules, wettable powders, water based suspension concentrates, water soluble concentrates, oil based suspension concentrates (Benevia), emulsifiable concentrates, adjuvants and surfactants, soluble fertilisers.




Minimising Spray Drift

The interaction of many equipment and weather-related factors determines the potential for spray drift.  The applicator must consider all these factors when making application decisions.  The most effective way to reduce drift potential is to apply large droplets (volume mean diameter (VMD) > 250 - 300 microns).  The best drift management strategy is to apply the largest droplets that provide sufficient coverage and control.  APPLYING LARGER DROPLETS REDUCES DRIFT POTENTIAL, BUT WILL NOT MINIMISE DRIFT IF APPLICATIONS ARE MADE IMPROPERLY OR UNDER UNFAVOURABLE ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS.  When making applications in hot and dry conditions, set up equipment to produce larger droplets to reduce effects of evaporation.

DO NOT apply when wind speed is less than 3 or more than 20 kilometres per hour at the application site.


Ground application

Use a boom sprayer fitted with high flow rate nozzles to apply the highest practical spray volume.  Nozzles with higher rated flows produce larger droplets. Use the lower spray pressures recommended for the nozzle. Higher pressure reduces droplet size, DOES NOT improve canopy penetration and may increase drift potential.  WHEN HIGHER FLOW RATES ARE NEEDED, USE A HIGHER-CAPACITY NOZZLE INSTEAD OF INCREASING PRESSURE.  Use a nozzle type that is designed for the intended application.  With most nozzle types, narrower spray angles produce larger droplets.  Consider using low-drift nozzles.  When applying Benevia by ground application, keep the boom low to avoid spray drift.


Aerial application

Benevia must only be applied with aircraft fitted with accurately calibrated equipment.  Apply a minimum total spray volume of 30 L/ha with nozzles (e.g. Micronaire rotary atomisers, CP nozzles or conventional hydraulic nozzles) set to medium spray quality according to ASAE S572 definition for standard nozzles.  A spray drift minimisation strategy should be employed at all times when applying this product.  DO NOT apply Benevia using Ultra Low Volume (ULV) methods.




DO NOT apply if rainfall is expected within 2 hours of application, or if heavy rainfall likely to generate run-off is expected within 48 hours of application.

DO NOT use on container or hydroponic grown crops.



DO NOT apply with spray droplets smaller than a MEDIUM spray droplet size category according to nozzle manufacturer specifications that refer to the ASAE S572 Standard or the British Crop Protection Council guideline.

DO NOT apply during surface temperature inversion conditions at the application site.

DO NOT apply when wind speed is less than 3 or more than 20 km per hour are measured at application site.

Users of this product MUST make an accurate written record of the details of each spray application within 24 hours following application and KEEP this record for a minimum of 2 years. 

The spray application details that must be recorded are: 

  1. date with start and finish times of application; 

  2. location address and paddock/s sprayed; 

  3. full name of this product; 

  4. amount of product used per hectare and number of hectares applied to; 

  5. crop/situation and weed/pest; 

  6. wind speed and direction during application; 

  7. air temperature and relative humidity during application; 

  8. nozzle brand, type, spray angle, nozzle capacity and spray system pressure measured during application; 

  9. name and address of person applying this product. 

(Additional record details may be required by the state or territory where this product is used.)



DO NOT apply if there are aquatic or wetland areas including aquacultural ponds downwind from the application area and within the mandatory no-spray zones shown on the label.


Spray Equipment Cleanout


Prior to application, start with clean, well-maintained application equipment. Immediately following application, thoroughly clean all spray equipment to reduce the risk of forming hardened deposits which might become difficult to remove. Drain spray equipment. Thoroughly rinse sprayer and flush hoses, boom, and nozzles with clean water.

Clean all other associated application equipment. Take all necessary safety precautions when cleaning equipment. DO NOT clean near wells, water sources or desirable vegetation. Dispose of waste rinse water in accordance with local regulations.


Protection of Crops, Native and other Non-Target Plants


DO NOT apply under weather conditions, or from spraying equipment, that may cause spray to drift onto near-by non-target plants/crops, cropping lands or pastures.


IMPORTANT:  Not all crops within a crop group, and not all varieties, cultivars or hybrids of crops, have been individually tested for crop safety.  To test for crop safety, apply the product in accordance with the label instructions to a small area of the target crop to ensure that a phytotoxic response will not occur, especially where the application is a new use of the product by the applicator.


Protection of Livestock


Toxic to bees.  Will kill foraging bees directly exposed through contact during spraying and while spray droplets are still wet.  May harm bees in hives which are over-sprayed or reached by spray drift.  Beekeepers who are known to have hives in, or nearby, the area to be sprayed should be notified no less than 48 hours prior to the time of the planned application so that bees can be removed or otherwise protected prior to spraying.


Protection of Wildlife, Fish, Crustaceans and Environment


Very toxic to aquatic life.  Drift and run off from treated areas may be hazardous to aquatic organisms in neighbouring areas.  DO NOT contaminate wetlands or watercourses with the product or used containers.


Storage and Disposal


Store in the closed, original container in a cool, well-ventilated area.  DO NOT store for prolonged periods in direct sunlight.

Triple rinse containers before disposal. Add rinsings to spray tank. DO NOTdispose of undiluted chemicals on site.  If recycling, replace cap and return clean containers to recycler or designated collection point.  If not recycling, break, crush, or puncture and deliver empty packaging to an approved waste management facility.  If an approved waste management facility is not available, bury the empty packaging 500 mm below the surface in a disposal pit specifically marked and set up for this purpose, clear of waterways, desirable vegetation and tree roots, in compliance with relevant Local, State or Territory government regulations.  DO NOT burn empty containers or product.


Safety Directions


May irritate the eyes and skin.  Repeated exposure may cause allergic disorders.  Avoid contact with eyes and skin. When opening the container and preparing spray and using the prepared spray, wear chemical resistant gloves.  Wash hands after use.  After each day’s use wash gloves and contaminated clothing.


First Aid


If poisoning occurs, contact a doctor or Poisons Information Centre. Phone Australia 13 11 26.



DISCLAIMER: This is not the BENEVIA label. To view or print the label for this product, click the "MSDS/Label" tab at the top of this page. Always follow label instructions.


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