Citizen Science: The Case of the Lost Ladybugs
Can you solve the mystery of the nine-spotted ladybug? Citizen scientists, here's your next challenge:
The Lost Ladybug Project
Sometimes, the "right" thing to do isn't clear. If you want to avoid pesticides, you should find alternatives. Ladybugs are popular, since they eat crop-sucking aphids by the dozen. But what happens when the ladybugs you use are an Asian ladybug species imported from Japan? And then, mysteriously, the native ladybugs start disappearing....
And certainly, helping scientists help ladybugs is the right thing to do.
To see a video of this project in action, look below!
This week on the Green Life, we're highlighting four citizen science projects.
--by Rachael Monosson / Image credit iStockphoto/ejik.