Scientists have confirmed a sighting of a rare ladybug at Rocky Point in Warwick. The nine-spotted ladybug, once common in the eastern U.S. has almost disappeared. Volunteers with the Rhode Island Natural History Survey found one of the ladybugs during an expedition last year. Natural History Survey Executive Director David Gregg says Warwick is not a place he would have expected to make a scientific find.
“You expect you’ll be in some remote part of the state with a pristine environment and all that, and there at Rocky Point where there has been an amusement park for 160 years we find this rare ladybug,” said Gregg.
Researchers at Cornell University confirmed the bug was a rare nine-spotted ladybug. They can I-D bugs through photos from the public at the Lost Ladybug Project at Cornell.
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