Children are fascinated with insects. Using our Ladybug Lore Habitat we watched for a week as the larvae turned into pupas, then into ladybugs.
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It was fun to hear all the stories the children made up about the ladybugs. As a teacher, it is always easier to explain the transformation of ladybugs when they see it firsthand. We watched as the larvae found it’s way to create a pupa and hang out on the dome. Each day we would watch to see when the pupas would turn into ladybugs.
Each day I would remind the children of the four stages of a ladybug:
Eggs – Larvae (bug like) – Pupa (covering) – Ladybug with wings to fly
I also read two books to highlight how amazing ladybugs are.
Ladybugs by Gail Gibbons (Click here for Affiliate Link)
Grouchy Ladybug by Eric Carle (Click here for Affiliate Link)
We also talked about the important role ladybugs play in eating aphids that damage roses.
Finally the day came when most of the pupas were broken open and the ladybugs appeared.
I told the kids that we would watch the ladybugs for a few days in their habitat, but on Friday we would release them to the rose bushes outside our classroom. For the few days, I fed the ladybugs soaked raisins and gave them water. The kids marveled at the movements of the ladybugs in their little village.
On Friday, I set the habitat under a rose bush. We watched as the ladybug slowly flew to the roses. The children were excited to see how the ladybugs instantly started doing their job in finding ladybugs.
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