Wednesday, May 14, 2008


Our kids and bugs are a happy combination. They love the outdoors and animals of all kinds. Last year we "hatched" butterflies so this year we tried ladybugs....

Elijah inspecting the larvae. They arrived in this little tube with folded paper scraps and they were sooo small. BTW, I didn't even know/remember that ladybugs started as larvae. I learned something too!

Their home, "Ladybug Land". It was nice and enclosed with no way for them to get out, that is, until I dropped the whole thing on the floor and separated the bottom from the top, but I am happy to report that no one wandered from their safe abode.

They grew REALLY fast as you can see from this picture.

Sophia, our A-number-1 bug lover, posing with her "pets". They looked like tiny specks when they arrived, but she immediately started naming them. it was funny.

They shed their skin several times. We did have to give them drops of water, but that was it. It was really easy to "grow" them! Most of them have hatched into full grown ladybugs now. I'll have to get a picture of them when we release them into the wild habitat of our backyard soon...if I don't accidentally kill them before that. :)

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