Thursday, May 28, 2009
Maddy sent away for this "Ladybug Land" observation habitat for Grace and Jack so they can observe firsthand the life cycle of a ladybug: egg, larva, pupa, adult. Currently, Grace and Jack's ladybugs are in the larva stage. Every morning Grace takes excellent care of the ladybug larva by giving them several drops of water from a pipette (they love high humidity). Within the next several days the ladybug larvae will begin the pupal stage of their lives. Then, they'll curl up their bodies and spend a few days protected by an outer covering while they change shape within. After approximately five days, adult ladybugs will emerge. This is such a tremendous learning experience for both Jack and Grace. We'll be sure to post pictures of the spotted ladybugs once they emerge! We are planning a big ladybug celebration day to set the ladybugs free in our yard after they arrive.