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Ladybug, ladybug, fly, fly away

By Tara Zandra | October 10, 2006

We’ve have ladybugs in our care for the last three weeks. We bought a Ladybug Dome before we left on vacation and when we returned our ladybug larvae were waiting for us. Tabitha was simply thrilled, as I knew she would be. It’s something I’ve wanted to get for years, but I always put off stuff like that but finally, we got it. So Tabitha put all the larvae in the dome and added the food and water pellets (”bubbles” according to Daisy) and then each day Tabitha added a couple drops of water to this little sponge in there to create a humid environment. After a week they started to encase themselves and were offically in the pupa stage. Another week went by and they started to emerge as pale red ladybugs. Sadly, they are a caniballistic species (who knew?) and so some of the early emergents, um, feasted on the remaining pupae. We quickly added some raisins to the dome in hopes of offering them a more tasty treat. Yesterday we determined they were ready to go it alone. Tabitha badgered me a bit too much about it though and when I asked her in an exasperated tone if I looked like I was ready to let them go that minute, she haughtily told me she would do it herself. The child pranced into the front yard with her dome and apparently took off the small magnifying top and expected them to just fly away on their own. “Fly already!” had me laughing quite a bit, I’ll admit. I went out to help her and took the dome off the base and then we each held one piece near our front bush (aphids live there) and some did walk out onto the leaves. Others we had to coax but they all did go on to their new life. We do plan to order more larvae and also I’d really like to get the butterfly kit as well.

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3 Responses to “Ladybug, ladybug, fly, fly away”

  1. Kang Says:
    October 10th, 2006 at 8:42 pm

    It’s a very interesting experience. Tabitha is happy having a gentle and patient mum by her side. I also love ladybugs which look beautiful with the cute round spots. You are living a colorful life. Happy every day!

  2. Suzanne Says:
    October 11th, 2006 at 5:54 am

    How cool. Both my boys love bugs, what a surprise, lol. I think they would like to do something like this. That website had a lot of interesting creepy crawlies to choose from. Thanks for letting me know about it.

  3. Mel Says:
    October 13th, 2006 at 10:03 pm

    I keep meaning to buy that one too. Sounds fun.