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Popular Ladybugs



Popular Ladybugs

A Short Reader

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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 3 to 5
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   4.9

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     challenging words:    dome-shaped, mites, voila, species, contrast, hemisphere, attach, underside, beetles, state, dislike, insect, short, damage, kinds, cause
     content words:    New Hampshire, New York


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Popular Ladybugs
By Vickie Chao
Rewritten as a short reader by Cindy Grigg
  

1     Do you know what your state insect is? Six states like the ladybug! It is the state insect of Delaware, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Ohio, and Tennessee. The only insect that is even more popular than the ladybug is the honeybee. (Sixteen states have chosen the honeybee as their state insect.)
 
2     Ladybugs are common insects. We often find them in gardens. The ladybug has many names. It is also called the ladybird beetle, lady beetle, or ladybird. A ladybug's body is less than a half-inch long. It is a hemisphere. You might call it dome-shaped. They have brightly colored outfits. Just imagine this: you slice a pea-sized ball in half. You neatly place one half on a table. You color it orange. You color it with nine black dots. Then .....
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