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Published March 08, 2011, 04:25 PM

ND Senate endorses ladybug as state insect

BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota is only one step away from having a state insect.

BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota is only one step away from having a state insect.

The state Senate on Tuesday unanimously approved a bill that designates the ladybug as North Dakota's insect.

Edinburg Sen. Curtis Olafson says North Dakota is one of only eight states that doesn't have an official insect. He says ladybugs help farmers by eating aphids, which are a common pest.

The House has already approved the measure. Now it goes to Gov. Jack Dalrymple for his signature.

A group of second-graders from Kenmare brought the bill to the Legislature, and Olafson says it provided the students an excellent civics lesson.

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