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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?



Image: aphids on a spruce
aphids on a spruce
Image: tropical cochineals
tropical cochineals










Image: cochineals
cochineals
Image: acarids on a spruce
acarids on a spruce












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entomologist


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








Image: ladybird larva
ladybird larva


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


Ladybird larva devouring a cochineal.







Image: chrysop larva
chrysop larva






chrysop larva attacking an aphid.







Image: parasitoid wasp
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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