Invasion history of harmonia axyridis (pallas, 1773) (coleoptera: Coccinellidae) in Ecuador

Diego F. Cisneros-Heredia, Emilia Peñaherrera-Romero

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Abstract

Harmonia axyridis is a ladybird extensively used around the world for biological control of agricultural pests. However, it has become invasive in several countries, producing negative ecological and socio-economic impacts. Herein, we review the invasion history of the Harlequin Ladybird Harmonia axyridis (Pallas, 1773) in Ecuador. Although first reported in Ecuador in 2012, museum specimens date back to 2004 and it is currently established across the country, especially along the Andean region. Due to its invasive nature, further studies are urgently needed to evaluate possible impacts of H. axyridis on the Ecuadorian biodiversity and agroindustry.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere10461
JournalPeerJ
Volume8
DOIs
StatePublished - 27 Nov 2020

Keywords

  • Andes
  • Coccinellinae
  • Distribution
  • Elevation
  • Harlequin Ladybird
  • Introduced species
  • Natural history
  • New records
  • Range extension

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