Scientists have confirmed a sighting of a rare ladybug at Rocky Point in Warwick. The nine-spotted ladybug, once common in the eastern U.S. has almost disappeared. Volunteers with the Rhode Island Natural History Survey found one of the ladybugs during an expedition last year. Natural History Survey Executive Director David Gregg says Warwick is not a place he would have expected to make a scientific find.
The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management is once again urging summer campers not to move firewood from outside the state. That’s to keep from spreading a couple of tree-killing invasive insects, which, so far, haven’t shown up in Rhode Island. But this year, they’re closer than ever.