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Biological pest control

The different ecosystems at the Biodôme are also home to insect pests and mites that prey on plants.

How do we control them?

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aphids on a spruce
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tropical cochineals

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acarids on a spruce

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With biological pest control, that is by intentionally introducing natural enemies (predators) of these pests into the ecosystems.

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ladybird larva

This allows us to control the pests without eliminating them completely.

Ladybird larva devouring a cochineal.

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chrysop larva

chrysop larva attacking an aphid.

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parasitoid wasp

A small parasitoid wasp lays an egg in a cochineal; the larva will feed on it from inside.

Check the Biodôme Website for more information.

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Life inside epiphytes | Biological pest control | Danger! Mercury rising! | Descriptive records

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