If there was to be an insect which epitomizes summer, it would have to be the ladybug. Its bright red body, black spots and dainty wings makes it a favorite garden buddy for children of all ages, and keen gardeners also!
Not only are these little bugs super cute to look at, but they are also great for the garden as they munch on aphids and other plant eating bugs and insect eggs.
Encouraging ladybugs to your backyard is easy—ensure that there are plenty of plants and particularly early spring blooming flowers that will give a good source of nectar and pollen- and aphids! If you want ladybugs to be regular visitors, then investing in a ladybug house will offer them shelter from wind and rain and also give them somewhere safe to over-winter meaning you’ll have them visiting very early the following year.
However, you don’t need to have a backyard to enjoy ladybugs. Our live ladybug kits let you watch these amazing creatures up close and personal. In addition, you also get to study the life cycle of the ladybug from larva to fully grown adult.
The live ladybug kit is a great homeschool tool to aid with nature studies, and can also be used in classrooms for a longer, in-depth science and nature project using the library and the internet to further the study into the ladybug life cycle.
Now is the perfect time to buy a live ladybug kit. The entire lifecycle from larva to adult bug takes around two to three weeks and it is fascinating to watch this rapid transformation happen right in front of you.
Once your ladybugs have reached adulthood you can release them into your backyard, school garden or local green area where they can enjoy the rest of their life providing it is above 55º and below 85º.