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Managing insect pests with biological controls

How can integrated pest management (IPM) reduce the use of toxic chemical pesticides? See how natural predators of insect pests, called biological controls, are used in agriculture. Find out the kinds of tests they have to be put through.

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Massed common spotted lady beetles in a kurrajong pod

This is a colour photograph of a large number of common spotted lady beetles ('Harmonia conformis') in a kurrajong pod. (Classification - Phylum: Arthropoda, Class: Hexapoda, Order: Coleoptera, Family: Coccinellidae.)

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Maculate or three-banded lady beetle

This is a colour photograph of an adult maculate or three-banded lady beetle ('Harmonia octomaculata') with its characteristic domed shape and orange and black colouration. (Classification - Phylum: Arthropoda, Class: Hexapoda, Order: Coleoptera, Family: Coccinellidae.)

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Larva of a maculate or three-banded lady beetle

This is a colour photograph of a larva of the maculate or three-banded lady beetle ('Harmonia octomaculata') on a leaf. (Classification - Phylum: Arthropoda, Class: Hexapoda, Order: Coleoptera, Family: Coccinellidae.)

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Ladybirds

This program encourages people to observe and identify ladybirds in their own backyard. There is the potential to discover a new species or identify an introduced and harmful member of this group of insects.