Commonwealth of Massachusetts
A Proclamation
His Excellency Governor Deval L. Patrick

 

Whereas In 1974 a second grade class from Franklin successfully petitioned for the ladybug to become the state insect of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts; and

Whereas The ladybug’s is part of the Coccinellidae family, however, they are also colloquially known as the lady beetle, lady bird or ladyfly and are often considered a symbol of luck; and

Whereas Of the 5,000 species of ladybugs found in the world, over 450 can be found in America. The most common type of ladybug found in Massachusetts is the two spotted ladybug; and

Whereas Ladybugs are carnivorous and feed on aphids and other larva. In the lifetime of a ladybug they will consume roughly 5,000 aphids; and

Whereas The two-spotted ladybug is used as a biological control agent against aphids in areas such as greenhouses and are a great help to Massachusetts farmers; and

Whereas It is important to recognize both the environmental and agricultural role that the ladybug plays throughout the Commonwealth,

Now, Therefore, I, Deval L. Patrick, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, do hereby proclaim June 26, 2013, to be

LADYBUG DAY

And urge all the citizens of the Commonwealth to take cognizance of this event and participate fittingly in its observance.

Given at the Executive Chamber in Boston, this eleventh day of June, in the year two thousand and thirteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the two hundred and thirty-sixth.

By His Excellency

Deval L. Patrick
Governor of the Commonwealth

William Francis Galvin
Secretary of the Commonwealth

God Save the Commonwealth of Massachusetts