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Lost Ladybug Project

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John Losey,

Over the past twenty years several native ladybug species that were once very common have become extremely rare. During this time several species of ladybugs from other places have greatly increased both their numbers and range. Ladybugs are essential predators in farms and forests that keep us from being overrun with pests (like aphids and mealybugs). To help the nine spotted ladybug and others, scientists need to have detailed information on which species are still out there. You Can Help! 1. Go out and find ladybugs. 2. Photograph them! 3. Upload your digital images using our submission form at or mail us photos, along with the time, date, location, and habitat. 4. Return ladybugs to the wild.

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