Isabel Schwab, Jaden McNeiley, Logan Redding, Megan Zimmer, Kenmare
We would like to educate the public about House Bill 1219. This bill proposes that the convergent lady beetle, commonly known as the ladybug, be designated as North Dakota's state insect.
Forty-two states have a state insect. Ten states also have a separate category for a state butterfly. North Dakota does not have a state insect. Doesn't that "bug" you?
North Dakota needs state identity. State symbols give us something to identify with, represent cultural heritage, spotlight natural treasures in our environment, tell us what makes a state special and give us a sense of pride and patriotism. Just as the ladybug represents good luck, we are lucky to live in North Dakota.
Choosing the ladybug as our state insect seems pretty appropriate. Ladybugs help farmers, gardeners and foresters by eating aphids, mites and other pests. They can help reduce pesticide usage. They are effective for biological control and harmless to our crops. Ladybugs are a vital part of our environment. The convergent lady beetle is native to North America and North Dakota. There are 54 species of ladybugs that live in North Dakota.
Ladybugs are a favorite of children and artists because of their bright colors. Farmers love them because of their great appetite for plant-eating pests. They are working-class insects and we don't even have to pay them. They are not poisonous to humans and will not destroy homes. Ladybugs are also believed to bring good luck. So, what is there not to like about ladybugs? Please vote for the ladybug.
(The letter writers are students at Kenmare elementary school)