Eye-spotted Ladybug

I haven’t found one of these since I was a kid . . .

Isn’t it gorgeous?

Eye-spotted Ladybug

Most the ladybugs we see anymore are non-native species that were imported by the U.S. Dept of Agriculture in the 70s to control agricultural pests.

Sounded like a good idea at the time, but they’ve driven out many of our native species.

The law of unintended consequences.

And look what else I found: Cornell University is asking kids to find and photograph native ladybugs and submit the photos with a little supporting data (date and time seen, location, habitat).

To be able to help the nine spotted ladybug and other ladybug species scientists need to have detailed information on which species are still out there and how many individuals are around. Entomologists at Cornell can identify the different species but there are too few of us to sample in enough places to find the really rare ones. We need you to be our legs, hands and eyes. If you could look for ladybugs and send us pictures of them on Email we can start to gather the information we need. We are very interested in the rare species but any pictures will help us. This is the ultimate summer science project for kids and adults! You can learn, have fun and help save these important species.

The website tells about how a couple of kids found a nine-spotted ladybug in Virginia in 2006 — the first sighting of this species in the Eastern U.S. in 14 years. Isn’t that cool?

And what a great environmental science-based summer activity!

This entry was posted in Environment, Nature, Rochester, New York and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink.

5 Responses to Eye-spotted Ladybug

  1. Lauren Strauss says:

    Thanks for this information. I just spotted 3 of these in my front yard–two of them were, um, occupied, so they kindly stayed still for quite some time as I photographed them. My six-year-old and I will send the information on to Cornell. I had never seen this species of ladybug before. Wow, they’re so beautiful!

  2. debi moffitt says:

    i didn’t take pic but was having BBQ in yard yesturday n had one on my chair.never seen one like it so i did some research this morning.we live in a 15 trailer trailer park .it is country like n right next to a swamp.live in locke,ny.if you need more information to help you out,just mail me.
    Debi Moffitt

  3. Veronica says:

    My daughter found one of these in Smith Alberta … Canada.

  4. Anika Alexander says:

    got scaird and squished it, it was sooo creepy looking and ugly looking …. i live in Fort Frances Ontario, Canada and ya,… we were sitting in our wwing chair thingy and it was climbing on my laptop and just wondering around so after we killed it my mom and i did some research on it finding this website.

  5. Kirsten says:

    Hi, Anika, so sorry you squished it. Sometimes it’s better to relax and brush bugs away. Most of them can’t hurt us.

Comments are closed.