Jun 7th, 2021
A deep dive into the relationships between ladybirds and ants. With a podcast recommendation for Just Plain Wrong - @plainwrongpod on Twitter.
My apologies for the muffled audio quality on this episode - in the first version it sounded very uneven.
Evolutionary Perspectives on Myrmecophily in Ladybirds: https://www.hindawi.com/journals/psyche/2012/591570/
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/110769/globe_marked_lady_beetles_azya_orbigera.html - Globe Marked ladybeetles
https://www.ispotnature.org/communities/southern-africa/view/project/645756/indigenous-ladybird-species-distribution-in-south-africa-coccinellidae/observations - Photo of the blue-eyed ant munching lady beetle
Field Guide to the Ladybirds of Great Britain and Ireland
Spotlight Ladybirds by Richard Comont
https://www.researchgate.net/publication/331072095_High_parasitization_of_a_rare_ladybird_Platynaspis_luteorubra_-_a_reason_of_its_rarity - High parasitisation of Platynaspis luteorubra
A Natural History of Ladybird Beetles by Michael Majerus et al
https://www.jstor.org/stable/4221364?seq=1 - Waxy coatings on Scymnus ladybirds.
https://thecreative.cafe/the-fable-of-the-ant-and-the-ladybug-31115946df22?gi=a382b2df1244#:~:text=The%20Fable%20of%20the%20Ant%20and%20the%20Ladybug.,at%20all.%20In%20fact%2C%20it%20was%20a%20ladybug%21 - The fable of the ant and the ladybug
https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/large-blue/id1334821500?i=1000519771414 - Species Podcast episode on the Large Blue butterfly
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