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Mark Billiau.

World Member, region Antwerp, Belgium

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This is a shot of mating multicoloured Asian ladybirds.

The species is native to Asia (Siberia, Himalaya, Japan to China) and has been extensively introduced by man in the USA and Europe for biological and effective control of various aphid species in greenhouses, crop fields and gardens.
However, it has also brought with it several negative effects. Its establishment appears to decrease the diversity of native ladybird species.

Dutch name : Veelkleurig Aziatisch Lieveheersbeestje
German name : Asiatischer Marienkäfer
Latin name : Harmonia axyridis (var. succinea)

A big thanks to Deryck for the kindly nomination of this picture.

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