Saturday, March 28, 2009

Ladybug Land

Our son received Insect Lore Ladybug Land from grandparents as a holiday gift in December.

In the past, we watched caterpillars grow. Our first run with the ladybugs was disastrous like an ill-fated Mount Everest summit. Not one larvae survived. Insect Lore replaced the batch.

Second round, we welcome three ladybugs to Camp Ramshackle. The life cycle of the ladybugs in Ladybug land is much more subtle than the caterpillars. The caterpillars grow visibly and are always moving. Our sons had a hard time sustaining interest in the small changes of the ladybug larvae. Now, however, with the ladybugs hatched and presented with a kale leaf drenched with aphids, our sons can't get enough of it.

The ladybugs race around the dome feasting on aphids. And the aphids and assorted small bugs from our infested kale, minuscule inch worms, tiny slugs, put on a great show as well. Soon we will release the ladybugs to roam in the yard and beyond.

Butterfly Experiment Begins
Butterfly Experiment Update 1
Butterfly Experiment Update 2
Butterfly Experiment: The Release

1 comment:

  1. Very creative Idea! New blog on the Hx. of the Ladybug:


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