My daughter loves ladybugs so we surprised her with a ladybug larva kit for her birthday. She was so excited! The kits comes with a ladybug “home.” The lid handle opens by unscrewing it and makes it easy to give them a couple drops of water each day in their “volcano.” The food is also provided. The instructions say you can also place half a raisin inside for the ladybug larva to eat. To read all the instructions about this kit, click here.
I had no idea ladybugs also formed a pupa before emerging as a young ladybug and then maturing to an adult ladybug a day or so later.
We had fun watching them emerge as well. We did a butterfly garden kit at the same time and that was easier to tell if the process was going well than the ladybugs. The larva stuck to the sides of the plastic case and we weren’t sure if they were alive or dead, but they finally began moving arounds and we were so happy we hadn’t killed them! We released them after about a week. We kept the case so we can order more and do it again!
I love to incorporate great books with learning activities. I’ve posted some great books about ladybugs below.
This is an adorable book with a pull bag lady bug that moves around the pages! Super fun!
Basic, beginning non-fiction book about bugs. Perfect for young readers.
Eric Carle’s books are always a hit at our house!
Enjoy learning about ladybugs with this hands-on kit and these fun reads!
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