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Ladybug species are disappearing!
The Department of Entomology at Cornell University is heading up a wonderful project to research the virtual disappearance of certain native species of ladybugs while foreign or introduced ladybug species become more common. In the past twenty years species such as the nine spotted ladybug and the two spotted ladybug have become extremely rare. Aid scientists in helping these disappearing species.
How you can help The Lost Ladybug Project!
The Lost Ladybug Project is calling on anyone and everyone (kids, adults and everyone in between) to get out their cameras and nets and photograph every ladybug they can find.
The site is packed with great tips on how to find and collect ladybugs, they best times of year to collect them, how to calm them down if they seem like grouchy ladybugs and even some best practices when photographing them. They are not looking for professional photographers, just people who are willing to get a little fresh air and have a little fun. You can upload your photos to the website or send them via snail mail.
Visit their site here!
Lots of great Ladybug resources loaded in this site!
Another impressive thing about this website is all the wonderful ladybug learning resources they offer:
- Field Guide - Information about the Project and Eight different species of ladybug.
- Lost Ladybug Project Project Brochure
- 16 Page Lost Ladybug Coloring Book
- Lost Ladybug Bookmarks
- Lost Ladybug Information Poster
- Create-Your-Own-Ladybug Template for Kids
- Lost Ladybug Matching Game
- Directions to make your own sweepnet to catch ladybugs
You can find these great resources here!
Check out the Ladybug pictures and the global map!
The Lost Ladybug Project collaborates with Discoverlife.org and this is where you can find the contributed photos of all the different found species around the globe.
One of the items I found really fascinating was the global mapper. You can essentially put in a ladybug species that has been indexed through this research into the global mapper and it will map where those species have been spotted. Check it out here!
In the picture above I mapped the convergent lady beetle (Hippodamia convergens) represented by yellow dots along with the Multi-colored Asian Lady Beetle (Harmonia Axyridis) represented by blue dots in the United States.
Learn some great facts about ladybugs such as what they are, what they eat, where to find them and much more!
Get some ideas and tips for making your own ladybug cake or, if you have made your own ladybug cake before, share your ideas with the rest of the world.
Download ladybug clipart for your ladybug projects and art pieces. Our collection is public domain and if you want you can contribute your own ladybug clipart to share with the world.
Free ladybug flash games for kids or adults with some time to kill. A lot of these ladybug games are great for testing your mouse skills or letting a child familiarize themselves with the computer.
Ladybug for Pest Control
Ladybugs are renowned for their abilities to control a number of pests that eat our plants. Learn the facts about ladybugs & pest control here.