Lost Ladybug Search

Assist nationwide census by Cornell University

Calling all citizen scientists! Researchers at Cornell University’s Lost Ladybug Project need your help to conduct a nationwide ladybug census.

As part of this project, budding entomologists of all ages can join Geauga Park District on September 22 at Observatory Park’s meadow to catch, photograph, and identify ladybugs.

What: Lost Ladybug Search

When: Sunday, September 22 – 1 to 2:30 p.m.

Where: Observatory Park
10610 Clay Road, Montville Township

Don’t let their adorable, candy-colored exteriors fool you – ladybugs are fierce predators. Those spots and bright colors on their wing armor (called “elytra”) are a warning to birds and other attackers that ladybugs can defend themselves with foul-smelling repellants.

Because they hunt down aphids and other agricultural pests that can wreck havoc on crops and gardens, scientists want to keep a close eye on the number and variety of ladybugs across the U.S.,” said Astronomy Naturalist (Astro-Nat) Chris Mentrek, whose home base is Observatory Park, where soybeans are currently growing on part of the property.

In addition to the search for and identification of ladybugs, nets in hand, program participants will learn about ladybugs’ life cycles and the benefits and challenges that they face in the environment.

More than 4,500 ladybug species exist worldwide, and some (such as the two-spotted Adalia bipunctata) are becoming more and more rare and in danger of becoming “lost ladybugs.”

In the past, we’ve identified 14 difference species of ladybugs in Geauga County. Will you be the first to find a more rare variety?

Registration is not required for the program. Call 440-286-9516 with questions.

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