A participant in the recent soybean aphid short course asked whether Iowa State University was responsible for releasing the multi-colored Asian lady beetle in Iowa. The answer is no! I'm not sure whether the inquisitive individual wanted to thank us for bringing the lady beetles into Iowa to help control soybean aphids, or he wanted to blame us for the lady beetles invading our homes and being a general nuisance. Either way, the entomologists at Iowa State can't take blame or credit.
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Rice, Marlin E., "Multicolored Asian lady beetles: When good bugs go bad!" (2007). Integrated Crop Management News. 1121.
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