Lost Ladybug Project | Natural History Museum of Los Angeles

These ladybugs are housed in our Entomology collection. We have more than a hundred species of ladybugs from Los Angeles alone!
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Join us as we use Los Angeles as a field site for science. Community Science Meetups are opportunities to participate in different projects for a single day, while working alongside participants, from beginners to professionals, with varied nature and science experiences. It is a team environment so all are welcome!

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L.A. is more wild than you think! Come celebrate the transformation of NHM into an indoor-outdoor Museum!
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L.A. Ladybugs

The Museum is partnering with Cornell University's Lost Ladybug Project to find out which ladybugs live in L.A. Can you help us find populations of rare native ladybugs, such as the nine-spotted ladybug, Coccinella novemnotata?

Why Ladybugs?

Across North America ladybug species distribution is changing.  Over the past 20 years several native ladybugs that were once very common have become extremely rare.  During this same time ladybugs from other places have greatly increased both their numbers and range.  Some ladybugs are simply found in new places.  This is happening very quickly and we don’t know how, or why, or what impact it will have on ladybug diversity, or the role that ladybugs play in keeping plant-feeding insect populations low.  We're asking you to join us in finding out where all the ladybugs have gone, so we can try to prevent more native species from becoming so rare.