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Lady Beetles in Vermont: Invasions, Extirpations, and Discoveries [webinar]
March 30, 2021 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pmDonations welcome
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A presentation with Vermont Center for Ecostudies for Birds of Vermont and Audubon Vermont
In Vermont, there are 42 species of Lady Beetle – 35 native species and 7 introduced species. But there are few data. Following a survey completed in 1976, and before the creation of the Vermont Atlas of Life (VAL), there were very few Lady Beetles reported in Vermont. In fact, 12 native Lady Beetle species have not been recorded in Vermont in over 40 years.
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Native lady beetles play an important role as biological pest control agents. However, native beetle populations have been in decline across North America due to a number of factors.
Vermont’s lady beetles seem to be following continental trends of decline, but due to lack of modern data, we do not understand what native lady beetles remain in Vermont, how their populations are doing, or what conservation initiatives may need to be implemented.
The Vermont Atlas of Life (VAL) team at the Vermont Center for Ecostudies created the Vermont Lady Beetle Atlas to find answers to some of these questions, and is calling on community naturalists to join us in our search.
Listen in to learn more about Vermont’s incredible lady beetle species, what the Vermont Lady Beetle Atlas has found thus far, and how you can participate in this research using iNaturalist.
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Other useful links:
- Vermont Lady Beetle Atlas Project at Vermont Center for Ecostudies (VCE): https://val.vtecostudies.org/projects/lady-beetle-atlas/
- Vermont Lady Beetle Atlas at iNaturalist: https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/vermont-lady-beetle-atlas
- Vermont Atlas of Life at Vermont Center for Ecostudies: https://val.vtecostudies.org/
- Vermont Atlas of Life at iNaturalist: https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/vermont-atlas-of-life
Images provided by Julie Pupko of Vermont Center for Ecostudies.