This week's column was about ladybugs. I learned a LOT about them while researching and drawing in prep for the article.
As with most Drawn to Quebec columns, the bottom line is that even ladybugs in aren't as simple as they seem. For one thing, they're not 'true bugs' at all. Technically, we should be calling these iconic carmine-colored insects beetles. As in 'lady beetles.'
|A lady beetle sketched in the woods, before|
I knew they were properly called 'lady beetles.'
Then, check out the resources below, and go hunting for local lady beetles!
Want to help scientists catalog ladybugs?
Resources for identifying insects:*
- Insects (National Audubon Society's First Field Guides)
- Peterson First Guide to Insects of North America Paperback
- Girls Who Looked Under Rocks: The Lives of Six Pioneering Naturalists by Jeannine Atkins
- Are You a Ladybug? by Judy Allen (Author), Tudor Humphries (Illustrator)
Click here to browse the Drawn to Quebec bookshelf, which features handy links to the titles recommended in the column and here on the blog.