Science journalist Lydia Chain of New York University’s ScienceLine recently interviewed Gratton Lab member Kaitlin and UW-Madison Department of Entomology emeritus entomologist Phillip Pellitteri for an article exploring the invasion of Harmonia axyridis. H. axyridis is an exotic ladybird beetle that both provides important biological control services (such as suppressing soybean aphids in Wisconsin, which Kaitlin, Federica, Claudio and colleagues study in their ongoing AFRI project) but can also be a homeowner nuisance and potential pest of vineyards.
So, Harmonia – friend or foe? Read the article for an introduction and decide for yourself:
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