Lost Ladybug Project

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Lost Ladybug Project
Founded 2000 in Ithaca, New York
Type Non-profit
Focus Conservation, education
Area served
United States
Website www.lostladybug.org

The Lost Ladybug Project is a nonprofit organization focused on promoting citizen science and science education to children.[1][2] Its mission is "to help children become confident and competent participants in science, identifying personally with science, so that we develop a generation of adults who are engaged in scientific discussions, policy, and thinking."[3]


The Lost Ladybug Project was founded in 2000 when researchers from Cornell University worked with the 4-H Master Gardener program to survey ladybug populations across New York. With the discovery of a rare nine-spotted ladybug in 2006, the Lost Ladybug Project developed research methods and a database to log ladybug observations.[3][4] Granted funding from the National Science Foundation in 2008, the Lost Ladybug Project has counted over 34,000 ladybugs[5] since its inception and is now a nationwide project.[6][7] Researchers and citizen scientists from across the United States submit photographs to the Lost Ladybug Project to help track different ladybug species.


  1. ^ Monosson, Rachel (29 November 2012). "Citizen Science: The Case of the Lost Ladybugs". Sierra Club. Retrieved 19 March 2013. 
  2. ^ Eaton, Joe; Sullivan, Ron (24 July 2011). "Help Lost Ladybug Project track bug-eating beetles". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 19 March 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "About the Lost Ladybug Project". Lost Ladybug Project. 2013. Retrieved 19 March 2013. 
  4. ^ McLaughlin, Moira (27 July 2010). "Lost Ladybug Project helps scientists understand insect's decline". The Washington Post. Retrieved 19 March 2013. 
  5. ^ "Where have all the ladybugs gone?". MNN - Mother Nature Network. Retrieved 2016-10-14. 
  6. ^ "Lost Ladybugs Found Again in South Dakota". National Science Foundation. 21 May 2010. Retrieved 19 March 2013. 
  7. ^ Eides, Rachel (25 July 2012). "Find Lost Ladybugs at Wachusett Meadow". GoLocalWorcester. Retrieved 19 March 2013.