Virtually absent ladybug species discovered at Rocky Point

(Brian Yocono/WPRI)

WARWICK, R.I. (WPRI) — The Rhode Island Natural History survey plans to announce that citizen scientists participating in the Rhode Island Bio-Blitz re-discovered a species of ladybug at Rocky Point.

The nine-spotted ladybug, or Coccinella novemnotata, used to be a common species throughout the eastern United States, but has been virtually absent for years.

The ladybug was discovered at Rocky Point about a year ago. It was the first sighting of the bug in Rhode Island in at least 30 years. This particular specimen is the official state insect of New York.

A media event is scheduled for 10 a.m. Thursday where representatives of the Natural History Survey, Roger Williams Park Zoo, and Rocky Point Foundation will be available for questions.

Back in 2009, many Rhode Islanders reported seeing hundreds of Asian ladybugs on their homes. Those beetles were looking for a place to spend the winter.


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