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Project: Adaptation capacity and ecological impact of the exotix predatory beetle Harmonia axyridis

01-OCT-08 – 30-SEP-12

The multicoloured Asian ladybeetle (Harmonia axyridis) has established itself in our regions after releases as biological control agent. It's a possible threat to native fauna. Interactions between H. axyridis and hoverflies, with Episyrphus balteatus as a model species, will be investigated, both in laboratorium as in field conditions. To assess the potential to establish, the cold tolerance will be determined.