Nine Spotted Lady Bugs, Where are they?

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Drawing of a nine spotted lady bug by Monica Bauman.

The nine spotted lady bug can be identified by a few characteristics; Its pale orange color, its black head, and of course, its nine spots. The spots are spread out randomly on its body, four on each wing and one in the middle. There’s also a black pigment where the elytra meets. Although they’re easy to identify, not many have been seen lately. This is the purpose of the lost ladybug project, to answer the question that we’re all wondering, where did they go?

After deciding to join the Lost Ladybug Project, my group and I went around WCC’s campus on the search to find nine spotted ladybugs. There’s a few places that they are commonly found: Lush plant growth, agricultural fields, crops (alfalfa, clover, grains like wheat and corn), wild flowers, weeds, trees, and shrubs. Unfortunately we don’t have crops or agricultural fields on campus, so we had to work with whatever we could find. We walked down to  a near small pond with wildflowers and tall grass. My group spread out and looked at the bases of the flowers and in clumps of grass. We found a few other bugs, but sadly, we found no ladybugs.

 

Coming out empty handed made our group question our searching habits. We thought maybe the weather was wrong, or we were looking in the wrong places. After more research we found out that it was definitely the correct weather to be out looking for them. Nine spotted lady bugs are usually found in the early summer when it’s not too dry out. It turns out we were looking in the right places, so the question remains, where are the lady bugs?

(“Entomology Collection Coccinella Novemnotata.” Entomology Collection Coccinella Novemnotata. N.p., n.d. Web. 15 June 2014.)

 

“The Lost Ladybug Project.” Lost Ladybug Project. N.p., n.d. Web. 15 June 2014.

 

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