raising ladybugs and a ladybug booklist

May 17, 2013

Juliet received this Insect Lore Ladybug Land for Christmas and has been patiently waiting to get her larva in the mail. They arrived two weeks ago and we have been enjoying observing them as they go through their life cycle.

They emerged from their pupa stage a few day ago and we released them this morning into our garden.

We've read a few ladybug books including this one that was sent by Tiger Tales as a review copy. Juliet thought it was especially funny.

We tried out hand at ladybug rocks for the garden and did some water color paintings as well. Juliet has been keeping a ladybug observation journal where she writes down a sentence each day of what she is observing in ladybug land. Sometimes she draws pictures to go along with it, but mostly it has just been a sentence or two. 

My favorite thing was when she got down a baby naming book and named all her larva the first day. 

We checked out Are You a Ladybug?  from the library and read our copy of Ed Emberly's Lady Bug, Ladybug Fly away Home. We also love Eric Carle's Very Grouchy Ladybug. There is a ladybug book by Ruth Brown that I am hoping to find a copy of also.

This is not educational, but I have to say that Cloud b Twilight Constellation Night Light, Lady Bug has been a favorite toy around here for years. Juliet got it when she was three and it became a nighttime staple for several years. Then Lucia hijacked it and now MUST have it in her bed every night. It shines stars on the ceiling and it's quite beautiful--I love it as a nightlight. I also saw a ladybug swimsuit at Gymboree the other day and have not been able to stop thinking about it for Lucia. I cannot resist costumes on kids....

Have you ever raised ladybugs? Do you have any favorite lady bug books or crafts to recommend?

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