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Forum staff reports, Published March 15 2011

Ladybug becomes official N.D. state insect

BISMARCK - North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple today signed House Bill 1219 into law.

It designates the Convergent Lady Beetle, commonly known as the ladybug, as the official state insect. The Governor signed the bill during a ceremony at the state Capitol. He was joined by legislators and second grade students from Kenmare Elementary School, who were instrumental in passing the legislation.

According to a news release from the governor's office:

The students from Tamara McNeiley’s enrichment class were studying ladybugs and learned that 42 states had a state insect, but that North Dakota did not. As part of their project, they researched the ladybug and initiated the legislation designating the ladybug as the state’s official insect. The students testified before the House and Senate Political Subdivisions committees in support of the legislation.

“This legislation not only designates an official insect for our state, but also exemplifies the importance of having a voice and how each of us has the ability to affect change and have an impact on our state,” Dalrymple said. “These students and their teacher, Mrs. McNeiley, represent the outstanding work that is going on in classrooms across our state, work that is instilling in our young people the skills and values to be tomorrow’s leaders.”