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2010-05-22 08:13:13

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 I was frustrated. I had been searching for years for the so-called "lost ladybugs," but hadn't found any. It was 2008, and only a few had been found by anyone in the last three decades, although they were once common in many areas, especially crop fields such as wheat and alfalfa. There are actually hundreds of kinds...

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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...

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.


Word of the Day
abrosia
  • Wasting away as a result of abstinence from food.
The word 'abrosia' comes from a Greek roots meaning 'not' and 'eating'.