Ninespotted Ladybug Restoration
(2016 in New York State only)
Help Save the New York State Insect from Extinction!
Orders for C. novemnotata larvae are now closed for the 2016 season.
Financial donations are most welcome and will help us continue this project.
Thank you all so very much !!!!
For the past 8 years, the Lost Ladybug Project has been gathering citizen science data to study recent shifts in ladybug populations throughout North America. With the help of thousands of participants we were able to find a few viable populations of ladybugs that are now extremely rare but were once common and important beneficial insects in agricultural landscapes. In the meantime, we've also developed an efficient and healthy [but expensive] way to raise at least one of these species (Coccinella novemnotata – the ninespotted ladybug) and we believe the time is right to reintroduce them into the wild.
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Keep this native species from extinction while it gobbles your garden pests!!
We will be delivering hardy 2nd instar larvae in June and July and we will need some time to prepare your orders. Because C. novemnotata was formerly found in a wide variety of habitats across North America, we expect these larvae to adapt to many environments. Insecticides and mown grass are not healthy for them. Plant diversity and soft-bodied prey are great!
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