Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Lady Bugs to Rescue in the Galapagos

In the Galapagos Island, invasive species are becoming very threatening due to population growth and increased tourism. One of these invaders is the cottony cushion scale, a sap sucking bug native to Australia. These insects are capable of infesting many woody crops and ornamentals by sucking phloem sap from twigs, leaves, branches and trucks. However, with a process called biocontrol, the lady bug can bring the cottony cushion scale under control in just a short time. Click here to read more about this process being performed by the lady bug.