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The Lost Ladybug Project

Main Project Information
Presented By Cornell University
Goal Map ladybug species across North America. Species restoration.
Task Photograph any and all ladybugs, upload to lostladybug.org.
Where North America
Description

Find and photograph ladybugs! Join us in finding out where all the ladybugs have gone, so we can try to prevent more native species from becoming so rare. NEW - Email us and check our website or Facebook page for new opportunities to help restore native ladybug species.

Across North America, ladybug species distribution is changing. Over the past twenty years, several native ladybugs that were once very common have become extremely rare. During this same time, ladybugs from other places have greatly increased both their numbers and range. Some ladybugs are simply found in new places.

This is happening very quickly and we don’t know how, or why, or what impact it will have on ladybug diversity or the role that ladybugs play in keeping plant-feeding insect populations low.

Free downloadable educational materials and activities. Ladybug song!

View 37,000+ ladybug photos submitted so far. See what species of ladybugs have been found near you!

The Lost Ladybug Project database of 37,000 plus ladybug (Coccinellid) photos and locations is located on our website and is open to the public for mapping, graphing, searching, downloading.

As seen in Chapter 3 of Citizen Science by Caren Cooper.

How to Join

Detailed instructions at http://www.lostladybug.org/ on where to find ladybugs and tips on how to photograph them. Use Upload Photos Form or mail us prints.

Teachers get materials here http://www.lostladybug.org/learning.php

Project Timing Ladybugs can be found outside from early spring to late fall. Some ladybugs spend the winter inside buildings. Anytime you see a ladybug - take a picture!
Website http://www.lostladybug.org
Social Media
Ideal Age Group Elementary school (6 - 10 years), Middle school (11 - 13 years), High school (14 - 17 years), College, Graduate students, Adults, Families, Seniors
Ideal Frequency Just once
Average Time Less than an hour
Spend the Time outdoors
Type of Activity In oceans, streams, rivers, lakes, While fishing, On a hike, In the car, At home, In snow or rain, At the beach, On a walk, run, At school, At a science center, zoo or aquarium, At night, At sports stadiums
Training Materials http://www.lostladybug.org/participate.php
Class Materials http://www.lostladybug.org/learning.php
Media Mentions
and Publications
Tags invasive species, ladybugs, native species, photography, restoration
Project Updated 12/29/2016