Entomology Department of The Ohio State University in Wooster, OH, paid us a visit and talked about one of my favorite insects - the lady beetle or ladybug.
Buckeye Lady Beetle Blitz program, which is studying the effect that non-native lady beetle species are having on the native species, which has been in decline. Ladybugs play an important role in natural pest control in agriculture.
Volunteers in the program will place yellow sticky traps in their gardens for one week in June and one week in August, then identify any lady beetles that may have gotten caught in the traps. The sticky traps are then sent back to Wooster for evaluation and inclusion in all the data collected for the study.
I'm participating in the study and this is the first week for the trap in my garden. It's placed in the middle of Max's Garden, where the plants are the most plentiful on our property. I checked it earlier today and while there were many insects caught on the trap, I didn't recognize any lady beetles.
That doesn't mean there aren't any lady beetles on the trap though. Dr. Gardiner had brought specimens of lady beetles and I was surprised to see that we have some here that are no larger than a pinhead!
In 1975, the Ohio legislature named the ladybug Ohio's state insect.