By: Jack Fisher
The Canadian Ladybug (North American Coccinella septempunctata) is rapidly disappearing.
The insect, not previously endangered, has encountered a startling population drop in the past few years. Dropping from about 50% of the world’s ladybugs to 20% since 2010, researchers are concerned that something in the air during recent cold winters have been killing off the insects.
“The increase of sodium in the air is a main factor in the disappearance of these bugs” says Gregory Campbell, a researcher at Edinburgh Hill Collegiate Institute in Manitoba “We can help save these bugs if we put our minds together”
It is a well-known fact that the City of Guelph has one of the largest Ladybug populations in Canada. In fact, 60% of Canada’s Ladybugs will winter in the South end of Guelph. This large population is a historical anomaly. When MacDonald Hall was built the workers constantly had to swat at Ladybugs landing in, on, or around the worksite. The North buildings were literally built on the bodies of the bugs.
Ladybugs are in our foundations, and, as students, we have the responsibility to help. Thankfully there is a way.
Scientists and researchers like Campbell are calling for a mindlink between students across the globe. “We’ve developed a headset that can connect young minds, literally. It works on a system of electronic fusion receptors that, when put in to action can channel bigger thoughts … [w]ith this system we hope to establish a solution to the Ladybug crisis”
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