There is a neat new project out for you to participate in: The Lost Ladybug Project.
From a press release about the project:
“scientists are looking for rare species, such as the nine-spotted, two-spotted and transverse lady beetles. These beetles were common 20 years ago, but have become harder to find in the past few decades. There are more than 400 ladybug species native to North America, but some have become extremely rare, displaced by development, pesticides, non-native species and other factors.”
The folks at LostLadybug would like you to photograph lady beetles and upload them to their site to become part of their database–you can see the real results online here! You’ll see the species ID of your beetle as they are processed.
And how cool is this: the First Sighting of a nine-spotted Ladybug in 14 years was made by a brother and sister, aged 10 and 11. Awesome!