Students Suggest State Bug | VideoKevin Boughton | 1/14/2011
McNeiley explains, “There are 5 states that have the lady bug for an insect and North Dakota didn`t have one and it was just like everyone simultaneously screamed ‘we gotta do this!’”
Her students, who will don lady bug costumes while they sing and make presentations to lawmakers, say it was fun to start learning about something as small as a lady bug and now learn about big things like government.
“I mean, we got lady bugs, we get to go to the capitol, but I think the best part when we go to the capitol we get to see how laws are going to be made,” says second grader Jaden.
The effort is gaining momentum. An insect expert from the Smithsonian has called Mrs. McNeiley to offer advice on the bug as well as convincing legislators of its value to an agricultural state like North Dakota. Lady Bugs are natural predators of crop-destroying aphids.