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2009-10-22 13:45:00

Swarms of ladybugs are causing problems for many Americans this season, and even pest control workers are not immune to being bugged. "Every night when I get home and it's dark, I turn on the lights and I have them to greet me. A lot of them," Gene Scholes, entomologist for Reliable Pest Solutions in Quincy, Illinois, told the Associated Press. Scholes uses his household vacuum cleaner to eliminate the massive ladybug swarms. Experts claim that ladybugs form larger swarms on warm days after...

2009-10-22 10:00:00

HARRISBURG, Pa., Oct. 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- With fall weather bringing unwanted, but harmless, insects into homes across the state, acting Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding today offered homeowners some suggestions on how to keep out the unwanted pests. "These 'home invaders' may be a nuisance in the fall, but they don't pose any harm to humans or to property," said Redding. "They simply enter homes this time of year looking for a warm place to escape the cold winter...

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2009-09-06 08:15:00

Researchers in New York are breeding colonies of ladybugs from those found by scientists in Oregon and Colorado during a year-long search. Last year, entomologist John Losey from Cornell University first introduced the Lost Ladybug Project in an attempt to find out why the once-common native ladybug species had almost completely disappeared across the nation. The project, which is funded by the National Science Foundation, rounds up citizen scientists, or individual volunteers who may have...

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2009-06-30 14:16:13

Scientists have warned that the Harlequin ladybird is putting over 1,000 species in the UK in peril, BBC News reported. Dr. Helen Roy of the Center for Ecology and Hydrology called the rate of spread "dramatic and unprecedented." In just four years, the ladybird has spread to most parts of the UK, where it feeds on many other insects. But the Royal Society's Summer Science Exhibition produced research that suggests local ladybird parasites are adapting to prey on the interloper. Scientists...

2009-01-07 22:52:53

Spanish researchers say ladybugs in olive orchards are a good indicator of the groves' health and sustainability. The University of Granada found that ladybugs are a useful way of distinguishing organic, conventional and integrated farming systems. The university said a two-year study of three large Spanish olive groves showed the richness and abundance of ladybugs was higher in organic orchards.

2009-01-06 14:24:20

A new, colorful poisonous spider species has been discovered in south Moravia, Czech Republic researchers said. The spider, whose bite triggers a fever accompanied by headache, has been dubbed Eresus Moravicus, the Moravian ladybird spider, and listed in the World Spider Catalog, Czech news agency CTK reported Tuesday. It can be found in the reserves where remains of the Pannonian steppes are preserved, said Milan Rezac, associated with Research Institute of Crop Production in Prague. He said...

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2007-03-17 01:00:00

By GREG BLUESTEIN ATHENS, Ga. - Like a bloodsucking mosquito, the hemlock woolly adelgid plunges its needle-like mouth deep into the branches of hemlock trees and slowly sucks out the nutrients. The pest's telltale sign is the touch of frost-like wool it produces near tree needles, but the real signal of its wrath comes when the evergreen trees die about a decade later. Since the adelgid migrated from Asia to Virginia in the 1950s, it's at once fascinated and frustrated forest researchers...


Latest Coccinellidae Reference Libraries

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2005-09-12 10:12:57

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...

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2005-09-09 09:59:56

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...

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2005-09-08 11:11:08

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...

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2005-09-07 18:25:10

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...

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omphalos
  • The navel or umbilicus.
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