Friday, March 26, 2010

Ladybug Hunting


Flowers seem to attract aphids. I love having a garden, but I hate the little pests that come with it. However, the ladybugs are breeding in our yard and they like aphids, so I love ladybugs. Here's a ladybug and a larva.

They like the trees in our front yard, and we're getting an abundance of them now. My boys have been hunting for them, and then taking them to our garden in the back yard.

I'm sure all of you knew that they have multiple stages. Here's a photo of 3 of their stages. 
 In the center is a little larva (yes, that little bug), down between the blades of grass are two shells from the pupal stage, and there on the right is a little ladybug that has just come out and doesn't have her spots yet. 

A photo of three in the pupal stage, attached to our tree. We took this photo this morning, and this afternoon, one of these had hatched.

We are homeschoolers, so everything becomes a lesson around here. One of my boys came in and drew this picture. His info isn't quite accurate since you really can't tell the boys from the girls by color, but I took a photo of his drawing.
I hope your weekend is wonderful, and you're able to enjoy the glory of God all around you...even  the ladybugs!
Blessings,
Marcia

29 comments:

Kelli said...

Love reading a blog post that teaches me something! :) Thanks for the lesson on ladybugs! They ARE cute little things, aren't they?

Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Good Evening Marcia Sweetie..
Tonight while blog hopping I found your beautiful blog home. How very interesting the history of the lady bugs has been. I love to learn, and I didn't know some of the things you shared this evening.
And I love your son's drawing. It is priceless.

I love your view from the parking lot. You sweet Moma's birthday looked like a wonderful celebration. Happy late birthday to her. What a sweetie. She sure has made some beautiful quilts. I love them both. The kids are so lucky to have these wonderful treasures.

I take my hat off to you homeschooling. That is a very difficult job, not only being the Mom, but also the teacher. Congratulations. I do NOT know how you do it.

I have signed up to follow your blog, I can't wait to see what you share next. Please stop by and say hi. I would be so honored if you signed up to follow me as well.

Country hugs sweetie...Sherry

Always Nesting said...

Actually, I didn't know a thing about ladybugs till reading this post. I just knew they don't bite :)

Interesting post. Love it that you make school fun for your kids.

Tiff said...

Thanks for sharing. I've never actually seen the life stages of a lady bug before.

We have lots of lady bugs around here lately, mostly in our house! My 3 yr old loves them and picks them up and keeps them as pets :) I have finally convinced him to let them live on my house plants instead of his lego house creations.

Andrea said...

Learning and fun...awesome!

Beverly said...

I did not know all of that. Thanks, Marcia for the lesson. Since Ladybugs are a favorite of my granddaughters, I am going to enjoy telling them about the three stages...uh oh....I bet they already know. I just think they are a cute bug and I did know they were good for the garden. And I love them on fabric. I have serveral pieces with ladybugs.

Cottage Cozy said...

Have a lovely weekend too, Marci...especially with all of those "good luck" ladybugs!

Marsha's Mpressions said...

Oh Marcia, the drawing is so cute!

Shelia said...

HI Marcia! Oh, I love knowing the difference between a girl ladybug and a guy ladybug! I do believe you have a little artist on your hands.
Thanks for popping in to see our little Carter.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

outdoor.mom said...

very cool! what a great project for the kids :-) have a lovely weekend!

T's Daily Treasures said...

How interesting. I didn't know this about the ladybugs. What a fabulous science lesson up close and personal. I truly find it amazing that you can homeschool. Takes a lot of patience and I seem to have little of that these days. You are doing a great thing for your family. Many blessings for a fabulous weekend. :) Tammy

Thelma Louise said...

Oh..the pic is beautiful..really springtime pic.:-) Yes the flower do bring spring into the house.:-)

Happy easter to you to.:-)enjoy...

Gry

My name is PJ. said...

Did you know you can buy bags of lady bugs on line? We used to have honeysuckle which always attracted aphids.....and so we'd buy lady bugs. They came in the mail. It was kind of cool.

Then we took the honeysuckle out. It was kind of a pain in the buttocks.

;)

Janean said...

you know i adore ladybugs! never knew they weren't "born" with spots! wow.

have a wonderful saturday!!

Becky K. said...

Great post!

We get swarms of ladybugs in certain parts of PA and they can become pests. But I still like the way they look. SO very happy. And that they eat aphids. That is a good thing.

Becky K.

Manuela@TPOH said...

Actually I didn't know that about Ladybugs - so you taught me something new! I have a tons of them INSIDE my screened porch! Happens every spring when they swarm.

Manuela

Colleen said...

Awesome pictures! God bless!

BailiwickStudio said...

Now that we're planting things in the garden I'll need to find some ladybugs. Weeds are bad enough to deal with - I don't need aphids out there too. Love the drawing!
::Jill

Melanie said...

Very informative! If I see them, I'll be sure to leave them alone.
What a great drawing. :)
Have a good week.

Susan B said...

Thank you for the information about ladybugs. I've always loved them, but didn't know very much about them. The drawing is cute!

Hope you are enjoying your weekend!

Denise said...

Hi Marcia! Thanks for the infor about ladybugs. I actually never knew that. I guess I just assumed they were always cute litle guys. I remember this saying from when I was a kid. "ladybug ladybug fly away home. Your house is on fire and your children are alone. Isn't that horrible! I don't know if it's part of a longer rhythm or what. Many of the old ones were pretty awful......

Libby said...

I love ladybugs! I used to 'buy' them at the garden center to release in the garden . . . . then just loved finding them working their magic all around *s*

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Your a good teacher Marcia! What a great idea and your little boys drawings are very good! Kudos to you for taking the time and energy to teach them. I know that is a tough job!
Cindy

LLJ said...

I love it!!!!
We get to see the copycat ladybugs in my bedroom all winter long! I do not enjoy those Asian beetles! haha! They smell bad!!
But, I love ladybugs! & I very much enjoyed reading about them and seeing the pictures here! What fun!
Leanne

Kammy said...

Hi Marcia ~
I am loving your family picture on top of your page - so handsome !
I never knew all that about lady bugs, thanks for sharing ( I get so smart reading blogs *wink*)
Happy Easter to you and your family !
Kammy

Jenny said...

Oh my Grands love ladybug hunting. I saw some strange ones in the garden today.

Karen said...

I love ladybugs! The information on them was very interesting! And your son draws very well :)

Homemade Quilts by Granny said...

Your a good treacher ..I didn't know there are three stages to a ladybug.
Happy Easter Trish

Janette@Janette's Sage said...

Loved this!!! This is why I love home schooling.
Great pictures...how much fun!
Janette