Lost Ladybug Project | Natural History Museum of Los Angeles

These ladybugs are housed in the Museum's Entomology collection. We have more than a hundred species of ladybugs from Los Angeles alone!

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Insects of the Los Angeles Basin

Common Insects of the Los Angeles Basin

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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.