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Saturday, 24 November 2007

The Harlequin Ladybird

I was reminded last week, that the UK is currently suffering from an unpleasant invasion. The Harlequin Ladybird originally came from eastern Asia, but was introduced to the USA to control aphid infestations. It arrived in the UK in 2004, and has started to overthrow the native population, because of their rapidity of breeding. And because they're eating the native ladybirds, which has a knock-on effect on the ecological balance, we're suffering from the increase of other pests. Nasty.

www.harlequin-survey.org is an excellent resource to enable the public to identify this pest - I've printed out the ladybird identification sheet and put it up at work. I think I might print some more out for the children. I think we spotted some last time Beth and I both took Lenni to gymnastics. I must log it...

Posted by james at November 24, 2007 10:31 AM


 
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