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Re: E-M:/ Lady Beetles

Enviro-Mich message from Rane Curl <ranecurl@engin.umich.edu>

On Sun, 21 Oct 2001, Evans wrote:

> Also, to make matters worse, they reproduce at a high rate and because
> they don't have a natural predator, there's nothing to keep their
> numbers in control. When we were in Kalamazoo there would be thousands
> of them on the outside of the house.  It's even worse the farther
> south you go.  A friend just got back from Ohio and said she would go
> outside and there would be swarms of them everywhere. That's what
> happens when we introduce non-native species (insect, plant or
> animal).  The native species get choked out and the non-native become
> totally invasive.  You think we'd learn.  ~Monica

Besides their being numerous, and nipping us, what harm (or good) do
they do to environments?

--Rane L. Curl

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