Insects / Arthropods


Minnesota's Lost Ladybugs

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Native Three-banded Ladybug

Three-banded Ladybug (Native)

Multicolored Asian Ladybug (Invasive)

Multicolored Asian Ladybug (Invasive)

The Three-banded Ladybug (Coccinella trifasciata) is one of Minnesota's native species of ladybug.

Photo by MNDNR, Wayne Steffens.

The Multicolored Asian Ladybug is an introduced pest species.

Photo by MNDNR, Wayne Steffens.

Some native ladybugs are disappearing! Their populations are declining across eastern North America and in Minnesota. Many of us see the non-native, invasive Multicolored Asian Ladybugs and think we have plenty of ladybugs. In just the last 20 years, however, some of our native ladybugs have become extremely rare. This is unfortunate because ladybugs are beneficial predators of farm and garden pests.

We need more information on where ladybugs live. These data will help us learn why they are disappearing and how we can protect them.

In Minnesota, there are three species of rare ladybugs:

The Lost Ladybug Project will show you how to catch, photograph, and contribute images of ladybugs to the Project. There are over 400 species of ladybug in the United States, and everyone - whether rare, common, native, or exotic - is important to the Project.


What can you do?


Where to look?


Minnesota Materials

Ladybugs Of Minnesota. Poster illustrating 42 of the more than 50 species of ladybug known to occur in Minnesota.

Lost Ladybug "Wanted" Poster



This project was funded in part under the Coastal Zone Management Act, by NOAA's Office for Coastal Management, in conjunction with Minnesota's Lake Superior Coastal Program.

MN Lake Superior Coastal Program

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