Latest Coccinellidae Stories
A ladybird's color indicates how well-fed and how toxic it is, according to an international team of scientists. Research led by the Universities of Exeter and Liverpool directly shows that differences between animals' warning signals reveal how poisonous individuals are to predators.
An alien predator in Europe is leading to a rapid decline of a native ladybugs in Britain, Belgium and Switzerland.
CSIRO research has revealed that the tremendous diversity of ladybird beetle species is linked to their ability to produce larvae which, with impunity, poach members of â€˜herdsâ€™ of tiny, soft-bodied scale insects from under the noses of the aggressive ants that tend them.
When plant-eating mammals such as goats chomp on a sprig of alfalfa, they could easily gobble up some extra protein in the form of insects that happen to get in their way.
"The small size of an alien insect that feeds on a native tree from the western Pacific island of Guam allows it to hide in cracks and other locations that are out of reach for its only local natural enemy," said UOG entomologist Aubrey Moore.
Research entomologist Louis Hesler takes readers along as he and others search for types of ladybugs that were once common but have become extremely rare in eastern North America.
The Galapagos Islands, made famous by Charles Darwin, have a unique biota now highly threatened by invasive species because of increased tourism and population growth.
New Cornell University evolutionary biology research shows how plants at the bottom of the food chain have evolved mechanisms that influence ecosystem dynamics as well.
There's a war occurring each day in our backyards â€“ plant versus plant-eating insect versus insect-eating insect.
University of Montreal researcher studies odd insect behavior.
Aphids or greenfly, plant lice (superfamily Aphidoidea) are small plant-feeding insects (1 to 10 mm). Of the 4,000 species of known aphids (distributed in 10 families), around 250 are serious pests for agriculture and forestry as well as an annoyance for gardeners. Natural predators include ladybirds, hoverfly larvae and lacewings. Aphids have two compound eyes and two ocular tubercles made up of 3 lenses, each of which is located behind and above the compound eyes. They have 2 tarsal...
Cucujiformia is an infraorder of Polyphagan beetles, representing the vast majority of plant eating beetles. The infraorder contains six superfamilies: Lymexylidae (ship-timber beetles) Cleroidea (checkered beetles, bark-gnawing beetles and soft winged flower beetles) Cucujoidea (31 families that includes ladybirds, fungus beetles and bark beetles) Tenebrionoidea (also Heteromera) (30 families including blister beetles and ant-like beetles) Chrysomeloidea (4 families including...
PHOTO CAPTION: Goliath Beetle Beetles are one of the main groups of insects. Their order, Coleoptera (meaning "sheathed wing"), has more species than any other order in the entire animal kingdom. Forty percent of all described insect species are beetles (about 350,000 species), and new species are regularly discovered. Estimates put the total number of species at between 5 and 8 million. When J. B. S. Haldane, a British geneticist, was asked what his studies of nature revealed about...
Ladybirds, also known as ladybugs or lady beetles are a family, Coccinellidae ("little sphere"), of beetles. The name is thought to allude to the Blessed Virgin Mary in the Catholic faith. Ladybirds are found worldwide, with over 4,500 species described - more than 450 native to North America alone. Ladybirds are small insects, ranging from 1 mm to 10 mm (0.04 to 0.4 inches), and are usually yellow, orange, or red with small black spots on their carapace, and black legs, head and feelers. As...
- To swell, as grain or wood with water.