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convergent lady beetle – Hippodamia convergens

convergent lady beetle - Hippodamia convergens

Researchers studying how insect predators such as the convergent lady beetle (Hippodamia convergens) prey on pest insects may want to discern whether they feed on eggs, larvae, or adults of their prey. While observing these interactions can be difficult, a new method for marking prey with a vertebrate protein and testing for it in the gut contents of predators could now allow these stage-specific feeding events to be more easily detected and studied. (Photo credit: Russ Ottens, University of Georgia, Bugwood.org)

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