In 1975, the Ohio government selected the ladybug (ladybird beetle), Coccinellidae, as Ohio’s official insect. There are many different species of ladybird beetles found in Ohio today. According to the Ohio General Assembly’s resolution, the ladybug:
“Is symbolic of the people of Ohio—she is proud and friendly, bringing delight to millions of children when she alights on their hand or arm to display her multi-colored wings, and she is extremely industrious and hardy, able to live under the most adverse conditions and yet retain her beauty and charm, while at the same time being of inestimable value to nature.”
Ladybugs exist in all of Ohio’s 88 counties and are ferocious predators, eating small pests such as aphids, greatly assisting Ohio’s farmers and gardeners by reducing the need for insecticides.