Ladybug, Ladybug!

by Jennifer Landrieu, Director

5 little ladybugs climbing up a door.
One flew away, then there were 4.
4 little ladybugs sitting on a tree.
One flew away, then there were 3.
3 little ladybugs landed on a shoe.
One flew away, then there were 2.
2 little ladybugs looking for some fun.
One flew away, then there was 1.
1 little ladybugs sitting in the sun.
She flew away, and then there were none!

2013051002The Monday-Wednesday-Friday four-year-old classes are learning about the ladybug’s life cycle and they have a front row seat! Each classroom has a ladybug habitat with ladybugs in various stages. When they arrived, there were eggs and larvae. We now have ladybugs in the pupa and beetle stages.

Some children witnessed a beetle emerging from the pupa stage this week! We were a bit surprised to see that it was yellow and not red at first. It takes a few days for the ladybug to turn red and then her spots appear, too.

Our ladybugs like eating raisins and we add water to their habitat daily. We’ll keep them for a week or so and then let set them free in the church gardens. The children are excited to watch them fly away.

You can do it at your house, too! Visit www.insectlore.com and search for ladybugs.

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