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The Lost Ladybug Project

Ladybug Over the past twenty years, several native ladybug species have been declining in numbers. This new development is being taken very seriously by the scientists at Cornell University and the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Research Service. They have decided to investigate what the problem is.

They suspect that encroachment by non-native species, habitat loss and pesticides are contributing to the decline.  Ladybugs are essential predators in both farms and forests and they keep us from being overrun with pests like aphids and mealybugs.

You can help the scientists in their research by taking part in the Lost Ladybug Project. Adults and children are encouraged to take photographs of any ladybugs they find and send them to Cornell via their website at www.lostladybug.org. Be sure to include details such as location and dates of the find. They are especially interested in finding pictures of the nine spotted ladybug, two-spotted and the transverse ladybug. Details on how to photograph, upload images and submit information can be found on their website. The website also has tips on how to find ladybugs and lots of ladybug legends and lore.

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About the Author:

Theresa Loe is the founder of Living Homegrown® and the Canning Academy®. For 9 years, Theresa was the Co-Executive Producer & Canning Expert on the national PBS gardening series, Growing A Greener World®. Theresa homesteads on just 1/10th of an acre in Los Angeles with her husband, two sons and several disorderly but totally adorable chickens. Learn more about Living Homegrown here and about the Canning Academy here.