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The Challenge - Ladybird Survey

ABC Catalyst would like you to participate in their nationwide ladybird survey.

1. Find Ladybirdsin your backyard

2. Send your pictures to ABC Catalyst

3. Contribute to Science

4. Win a book on Ladybirds

See if you can identify your finds using their common ladybirds gallery.  If they're not there go to the CSIRO site to identify the species and send your pictures and observations using the form found at http://www.abc.net.au/catalyst/ladybirds/default.htm

Most of us think of these beautiful little creatures as either red or orange with black spots, but there is a much greater variety of ladybird beetles than you might think. In fact there are more than 500 species of Coccinellidae in Australia.
How many can you find?

Identifying the Invaders

Considered as a pest, Harmonia axyridis, a large species of ladybird originating from Asia, is on our doorstep.  We want you to keep an eye for it. Check out the Invaders Gallery, so you know what they look like.

(Source ABC Catalyst Web Site 14 November 2008)