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Friday, 2 December 2011

Lady Bug Endangered

Their scientific names (Coleoptera, meaning "sheath-winged", and Coccinellidae, meaning "little red sphere") can be quite a mouthful, but by whatever name you call them, Ladybugs are well-known and well-loved all over the Earth.  Nearly 400 species of Ladybug live in North America, and there are nearly 5,000 species worldwide.  Also commonly known as the Lady Beetle or Ladybird Beetle, the name of these insects reflects the global admiration of mankind.  None are much larger than a pencil-eraser (some are even smaller) and they come in a wide variety of colors, including red, orange, pink, yellow and black.  They can have as many as 20 spots.....or no spots at all.  They're also one of the few insects who hibernate during the winter months (called "over-wintering"), emerging in the spring to lay their eggs. There are many kinds of Lady bugs and some are endangered! A nine spotted ladybug is very rare, thought to be extinct but seen in 2006. 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. Bugs are not the least endangered but the most, because the smallest change in temp, environment, etc affects them greatly! 

  Ladybug, Oh Where Are You?

Ladybug, ladybug
red with black spot are you,
climbing up that rose
you are in view...
ladybug, ladybug
oh where are you now,
the sun is down,
I don't see you around...
tucked away 
inside a rose,
do you lay
sleeping sound?
down a country lane
or on my window pane...
ladybug, ladybug
please come back again
By: Marie Lawrence


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