Scientists from Cornell University are asking for your help in tracking ladybug populations in the United States. The process is simple; just look for ladybugs, take pictures of those you find, and send your pictures to the scientists at Cornell University.
Over the last 20 years several ladybug populations have dramatically decreased while others have become more popular. Your pictures will help scientists better understand the changing numbers of each species and the effects one has on another. Together, pictures and facts will begin to tell the story of ladybugs in the United States.
Visit the Lost Ladybug Project website for more information on this effort, along with a participation guide.
Participating in a national research effort like this is called Citizen Science, and has both personal and community benefits. You are able to learn more about ladybugs, science, and conservation by participating in real scientific studies, and as a partnership between public and professional scientists, you will be a part of one of the world’s largest research team!