Lost Ladybugs, its shooting time!

In the Washington Post today there was an article in the kids section discussing the decline in the ladybug population. For the scientists concerned into their disappearance they want photographers to send in pictures of ladybugs so they can find out where these little insects are dissappearing off to.

“There are about 500 species of ladybugs in the United States, but only about 75 of those are what you think of as ladybugs: red bugs with black spots. Losey’s project focuses on three types of ladybugs that are native, meaning they’re from the United States: the nine-spotted, the two-spotted and the transverse ladybug, which has a long stripe instead of a spot on its back….

…His goal this summer is to get 100 photos of ladybugs from every state and Washington, D.C. So far, Maryland has sent 87 images, Virginia, 79, and the District, only 4! Colorado has sent in the most images at 1,517!…

…To find ladybugs, look for them on higher vegetation in a meadow or on a wildflower. Ladybugs also like milkweed plants and roses. A good clue to tracking down a ladybug is a sticky plant. That’s because ladybugs eat aphids, which are insects that secrete a sticky sap onto leaves. But really, Losey says, ladybugs could be anywhere during the summer….”

To see the whole Washington Post article click: HERE

Visit the website and upload images to the Lost Ladybug project: HERE (and make sure to share some of your images on our FlickR site too!)

-Emma Canfield

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