The nine-spotted ladybug is back on New York soil. This is the first time that the official New York State insect has been spotted in 29 years, reported The New York Times.
The first spotting of the ladybug was in Amagansett in eastern Long Island on July 30. The lady bug was found by Peter Priolo, a volunteer of the Lost Ladybug Project.
Since the initial sighting, John Losey, the Cornell University entomologist who runs the project, said that enough nine-spotted ladybugs have been found to establish that there are enough ladybugs for an established colony. The colony is now thriving in Losey’s lab in Ithaca.
In 2006, the State Assembly attempted to replace the state insect with another species of ladybug. That attempt failed.