Europe fends off alien species

argylesock says… We so don’t want the harlequin ladybird (Harmonia axyridis). It preys on aphids, which sounds good, but it can also prey on other ladybird species. It can outcompete them, too.

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PhysOrg2013-01-28:                      It may look incredibly innocent, but the harlequin ladybird, a stowaway onboard fruit and flower consignments from Asia, is on a ‘most unwanted’ list. Indeed, it falls within the category of some of Europe‘s most destructive and threatening non-native settlers. Aiming to stem the tide against such unwelcome biological invaders by documenting them, the DAISIE online database was recently updated to include over 1,000 additional species. “DAISIE covers the gamut from marine, aquatic and terrestrial…                  more »

Harlequin Ladybird. Photo: BBC


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About argylesock

I wrote a PhD about veterinary parasitology so that's the starting point for this blog. But I'm now branching out into other areas of biology and into popular science writing. I'll write here about science that happens in landscapes, particularly farmland, and about science involving interspecific interactions. Datasets and statistics get my attention. Exactly where this blog will lead? That's a journey that I'm on and I hope you'll come with me.
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2 Responses to Europe fends off alien species

  1. thebattfink says:

    Thanks for re-blogging this, caught my eye, might use it in an upcoming post… interesting stuff.

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