January 12, 2011 at 6:00 pm in INFORUM
BISMARCK A group of North Dakota second-graders will go all out next week in their effort to convince state lawmakers to make the ladybug the state insect. Continue Reading
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As cute as the Lady Bug is, its not a native of North Dakota… in fact, its not even a Native of America. Its an Australian alien insect introduced for organic pest control.
As cute as it is, we need a native insect to represent us… (ducks from flying food) how about the mosquito?
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I appreciate the enthusiasm of the children, but they may be slightly misguided by what they see. There are some species of ladybug that are/were native to North Dakota, but intensive agriculture and pesticides reduced many of them. One of the most common now in the eastern part of the state has arrived in great numbers with the increase in soybean plantings and are the usual ones you find in large numbers trying to get in your home in the fall and was not normally native to the area. A better choice would have been one of the butterflies like the Dakota skipper that has the core of its range in the Dakotas or alternatively, the honey bee although most honey bees are European imports as well. North Dakota is the top honey producer. Still, it is good to see them taking an interest.
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