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'Lost' Ladybugs Found Again in South Dakota

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A nine-spotted ladybug

While scouting a place called Fog Creek in the South Dakota Badlands in June 2008, South Dakota State University (SDSU) extension entomologist Mike Catangui and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) research entomologist Louis Hesler found nine-spotted ladybugs that had already vanished from eastern South Dakota.

Credit: Mike Catangui, South Dakota State University


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Stands of curlycup gumweed, <em>Grindelia squarrosa</em>.

Searching strands of curlycup gumweed, Grindelia squarrosa, proved favorable for finding nine-spotted ladybugs in western South Dakota.

Credit: Mike Catangui, South Dakota State University


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Louis Hesler examines a colony of rare nine-spotted ladybugs being raised in captivity.

Research entomologist Louis Hesler examines a colony of rare, nine-spotted ladybugs being raised in captivity at USDA's North Central Agricultural Research Laboratory near Brookings, S.D. Insects from the wild were the original parents for the successful colony, which enables researchers to study possible reasons why some species of ladybugs are disappearing.

Credit: Lance Nixon, South Dakota State University


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South Dakota State University extension entomologist Mike Catangui examines a rare ladybug.

SDSU extension entomologist Mike Catangui examines a rare ladybug. The nationwide Lost Ladybug Project enlists children as volunteers to help identify locations across the country where rare ladybugs of various species can still be found.

Credit: Lance Nixon, South Dakota State University


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