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June 2014 – Vol. 97 No. 3

The yellow netted ladybeetle (Heteroneda billardieri Crotch) was recently observed to prey on mango leafhopper (Idioscopus clypealis Lethierry) by Dr. Celia dR. Medina at the University of the Philippines Los Baños. So far it is one of the few predatory insects that seem to have the potential to control this very destructive pest that had been plaguing the mango industry for the past 50 years. Described by Shultze (1915) as lemon yellow in color with black-netted markings, this specific ladybeetle is yet to be known for its potential as a biological control agent.

{Photograph courtesy of Mr. Michael Campion Carruthers, Crop Protection Cluster, College of Agriculture, University of the Philippines Los Banos, College, Laguna 4031, Philippines}