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Ohio State Insect:

Ladybug - click to see all state insects
Photo of Ladybug beetle courtesy of Free Public Domain Photo
Database: Image: Ladybug on a leaf. See All State Insects.

Ladybug

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Ohio designated the ladybug as the official state insect in 1975 (no specific species). Ladybugs exist in all of Ohio's eighty-eight counties. According to the Ohio General Assembly's resolution:

"The ladybug is symbolic of the people of Ohio -she is proud and friendly, bringing delight to millions of children when she alights on their hand or arm to display her multi-colored wings, and she is extremely industrious and hardy, able to live under the most adverse conditions and yet retain her beauty and charm, while at the same time being of inestimable value to nature."

The "ladybug" is actually a ladybird beetle (also called lady beetle, ladybird, or ladyfly). Ladybugs help gardeners and farmers by eating tiny insect pests that damage plants. A ladybug can consume up to 60 aphids per day, and will also eat a variety of other harmful insects and larvae (including scales, mealy bugs, leaf hoppers, mites, and other types of soft-bodied insects), as well as pollen and nectar. New York, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Tennessee, and Delaware also designate the ladybug as an official state symbol (see list of state insects for all 50 states).

Lady bug - click to see all state insects
Sevenspotted lady beetle photo © Russ Ottens / The University
of Georgia: www.insectimages.org. See All State Insects.

According to John Losey, a Cornell University entomologist who leads the Lost Ladybug Project. (a project funded by a National Science Foundation grant recruiting citizen scientists, particularly children, to search for nine-spotted ladybug and other ladybug species and send photos of them to Cornell for identification and inclusion in a database), there are about 5,000 species of ladybugs, also known as ladybird beetles, with about 450 species in the United States.

Source:
Ohio's State Insect - Ladybug: Ohio History Central
Links:
All State Insects


    

 

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