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A population of rare, nine-spotted ladybugs has been discovered at Quail Hill Farm, a members-only cooperative farm in Amagansett. The lady bug is New York State's official insect (who knew?) and this was the first recorded siting of this specific species in the state since the 1980s. After the discovery, "researchers from Cornell University traveled six hours from Ithaca to inspect the farm for themselves" and they scoured "20 acres of crops, hedgerows, and part of a tree nursery for six hours [and] uncovered eight females and 12 males." [27 East]