Backyard Fun: How to Build a Ladybug Habitat
Make a backyard ladybug habitat
Making a ladybug habitat is educational as well as fun and a great outdoor activity. Why these garden bugs? Ladybugs are real, they are fanciful, they are story characters. Ladybugs fascinated us when we were children and learned our numbers by counting the spots on their backs. We owe a lot to our little ladybugs. Do you remember the first baby ladybug you saw? You know, the one that had no spots? Of course you do. I know I do.
Ladybugs are lucky bugs
Well, the ladybugs remain the same and kids remain the same. Kids are as curious about ladybugs as we were. So this spring why not create a ladybug habitat. If you're lucky, the ladybugs might even bring you a few gifts. They are said to symbolize good luck and good fortune. And who can't do with a little of that?
Create a ladybug habitat and celebrate Earth Day every day
Earth Day is around the border but you can make every day Earth Day. Yes, Earth Day is celebrated worldwide on April 22nd but any time is a great time to lure those ladybugs to your yard. Why not make ladybugs part of your personal Earth Day celebration? Read on to learn more about these delightful bugs and the many ways you can weave them into your life.
How to pet a ladybug - Few backyard insects are as sweet as a ladybug
Love this. How many times have you walked up on a ladybug and had the urge to reach out and pet the little bug but hesitated? Worried that you might hurt the little lady? Don't worry. Here's a tutorial video that will give you some ideas on how to approach a ladybug and give it a pet.
Ladybugs are helpful because they eat aphids. Aphids are nasty pear-shaped little creatures that destroy plants and trees. Because ladybugs eat the aphids, ladybugs are friends of gardeners everywhere.
The wonder of ladybugs
Ladybugs are interesting insects. They do some things that other animals do. Like the bears, ladybugs like to hibernate in the winter. They cuddle together and spend their winters burrowed under piles of leaves and other tree waste for the warmth. Ladybugs are also a bit like turtles and opossums. Do you know they can play dead? Think about the way a turtle tucks his head inside his shell. Ladybugs tuck their heads, too, and they tuck their little legs so they look dead. They do it to protect themselves.
Remember the nursery rhyme of Ladybug, Ladybug Fly Away Home?
Fly away home,
Your house is on fire,
Your children will burn
I remember reciting this rhyme when I was a child and found a ladybug had landed on my arm. While to our standards the rhyme is a bit brutal when its intended audience is made up of children, It goes back to the time in England when farmers, who prized the help they received from the ladybugs, would cry out this warning before they set their fields on fire. The old English version goes like this:
Ladybug ladybug fly away home,
Your house in on fire and your children are gone,
All except one and that's little Ann,
For she crept under the frying pan.
- Image Credits.1) Ladybug body parts illustration from What To Do About Houshold Ants, John Molstad, University of Minnesota Extension Service 2) Image of Ladybug, Ladybug, Fly Away Home from Mama Lisa's House of English Nursery Rhymes.
Who Likes Ladybugs?
Do you love ladybugs or do you go after them with bug spray?
Frame your loved one with a Ladybug luck and love
Combine your favorite photo with your favorite lucky bug with this Ladybug picture frame. Great gift idea or fun to have for yourself.
- There are over five thousand different species of Ladybugs throughout the world. Yes, 5,000.
- The female ladybug is a little larger than the male but not by much.
- Ladybugs live about 1-2 years.
- Their main diet is aphids but they will also eat small insects, moth eggs and pollen.
- A mama ladybug can lay anywhere from 20 - 1,000 eggs during a 3-month span in either the spring or summer.
- Most ladybugs are red, orange or yellow in color. Most have black spots, though some are black with red spots. A few ladybug types have checkerboard markings and stripes.
- There are a few species that are a blue metallic color.
- Ladybugs need their antennae to smell, touch and taste.
- There is an official Ladybug Day. It occurs every 90 years.
- Many consider ladybugs to be a sign of good luck and good fortune.
Good Book About Ladybugs - Science picture books are great learning tools
Ladybugs are favorite characters in books. Children delight in them. If you're looking for a children's book, you won't go wrong. Try this sciene-based one that offers great explanations about ladybugs and other insects.
If you're looking for a good basic book that offers great explanations about ladybugs and other insects, this is a great choice. The transparent overlays are a terrific addition and really heap. Definitely recommend this book.
Starting to get the Ladybug habitat bug? - Try out these different styles of habitats for the lady bugs
There's more than one way to view a lady bug. Do you remember flopping onto the ground and quietly scrunching up to get a close view of that odd praying mantis or that strange ladybug with no spots? You'd try to sneak up to get a close view.
Do you worry about your garden ladybugs when there's heavy rain? Want to protect them? Now you can add a wonderful ladybug shelter to your backyard.
Go live with this ladybug shelter. Give your backyard ladybug friends shelter with this unique ladybug habitat.
More books about ladybugs - Have fun with ladybug stickers
The Ladybug Girl is a great series with lovable illustrations and stories. You can also learn more about ladybugs by reading these nonfiction books, although geared for young children these books are a great way for adults to learn more, too. When it comes to picture books, Eric Carle is a master storyteller and his The Grouchy Ladybug picture book is a classic. Of course, you can't forget to have a few lady bug stickers around, too.
What Do You Need to Make A Simple Ladybug Habitat?
Supplies needed for this inexpensive backyard science project
The most basic of ladybug habitats can be made with the following household items:tall jar or aquarium-type tankaphids for foodstems and pieces of plants for foodthe ladybugsfood scraps and watergloves, a necessity
Backyard Safari Bug Vacuum with Lazer Light - Easy way to transfer and gentle on the creatures
Any good backyard explorer needs a few tools. Should provide hours of fun.
How Do You Make a Simple Ladybug Habitat?
Easy-to-find household items transform into a ladybug's habitat
Making the habitat is pretty easy. If you want to find ladybugs around your home, check your plants for aphids. Search for small green or black speck-like bugs on your plant stems. Those are your aphids. They suck the life out of the plants. The ladybugs should be close by.
- Before you catch the ladybugs, you might want to get your habitat set up. Break off some plant stems as they'll be good food. Try to get the ones that have the aphids on them. That way you'll have the main food source for your ladybugs at the same time. Stand them up inside the tank or jar so you can get a good view of your little red pets-to-be. Be sure and give a light misting of water. Even ladybugs like to drink.
- Catching the ladybugs is pretty easy. You may already have some when you put the stems with the aphids inside the tank or jar. Check rose bushes and other plants where aphids tend to congregate. When you find the ladybugs, give a gentle nudge or knock against the jar or tank and the ladybug will land inside.
- As with any living creature, you'll want to be sure your ladybugs get plenty of food and water. Make sure they have a good supply of aphids but don't stop there. Drop a bit of a raisin or apple inside the tank or jar and watch how they eat away at the fruit. A gentle daily mist will provide a good amount of moisture for the ladybugs since the plants that they chew on have a lot of water in them.
Don't forget to let your ladybugs fly away at the end of summer. They will want to hibernate through the long winter.
Hey Ladybug, Let Me Count Your Spots
- Image Credits.This image was copied from wikipedia:de. The original description was: == MarienkÃ¤fer == Quelle: http://pdphoto.org Lizenz: [Public Domain], via Wikimedia Commons
What Happens After the Habitat is Made?
Ladybugs provide a lot of entertainment
Once the ladybugs get settled, they may start laying eggs. That's when the fun begins.
Observation is the key to understanding nature. Grab a camera and a notebook and start watching the ladybugs. You'll be able to watch them interact with each other, see how and what they eat, and discover how they move. Tale photos, make notes, and always date everything so you have an accurate record.
Don't forget you can put bits of apples and raisins in there, too, for them to munch on. See which they prefer. Always write down what you see. Note the date and time. Maybe you'll learn some ladybug habits. And don't forget to give them a very light mist now and then.
Creature Peeper - Get a good look at the ladybugs and life in your backyard
Do you remember the fun you had as a child when you got up close and personal with a bug? Maybe you fell to the ground and crept up to peer at a ladybug resting on a nearby leaf or sat silently waiting for a ladybug to come and rest on your arm.
This is a great magnifying glass to get a better look at the ladybugs in your backyard. Another great gift idea for children, too.
Want to Know More about Ladybugs? - Learn more about ladybugs
Here's a few sites around the Internet to get you going.
The ins and outs of ladybugs.
- Ladybug, Ladybug - The Nursery Rhyme
More information about Ladybug, Ladybug the nursery rhyme from Wikipedia.
- Wikipedia on Ladybugs
Coccinellidae is a family of beetles, known variously as ladybirds (UK, Ireland, Australia, Pakistan, South Africa, New Zealand, India, Malta, some parts of Canada and the US), or ladybugs (North America). Scientists increasingly prefer the names lad
- The Ladybug Lady: #1 Site Online for Ladybug Info
Let the Ladybug Lady help you understand all about these wonderful creatures.
Learn about the Ladybug life cycle - Presents the full cycle of the seven spotted ladybug
Learn all about the life cycle of a lady bug here. (Did you know that a ladybug might be alive for only one month?)
Activities and Ladybug Fun
Ladybug, Ladybug Song & Video
Ladybug Fun Activities - Fun things to do with ladybugs
- Ladybug Coloring Pages
DLTK's Nursery Rhymes for Kids: Ladybug, Ladybug Coloring Pages, Posters and Tracer Pages
- Ladybug Felt Board Characters
Use these as puppets or characters to have more ladybug fun.
- Ladybug Finger Puppets
Templates to create finger puppets.
- Ladybug Bean Bag
Make a ladybug bean bag. This project requires either sewing or hot glue skills. A child of age 7 or so could do the project with adult supervision. Younger children can help stuff the project and would love to receive it as a gift from an older sibl
Backyard Explorer Science Kit - Terrific tools to explore the backyard
Watch what happens when your child opens up this kit. I bought this for one of my grandson's and he was up at 7:30 am and ready to explore. Loved it. And he doesn't even like bugs. :)
Do you remember the first time you used a microscope. Imagine the fun that can be had combing through the backyard with a handy microcope.
It was exciting to have bought something that he truly enjoyed. I highly recommend this kit. For ages 4 and up.
Turn a bird house into a ladybug house - Spring backyard activity project and craft
Maybe you wish the ladybugs in your back yard had a home where they could fly to during the spring rains or perhaps you'd just like to provide them with some shelter. Here's a quick video tutorial on how to make a lady bug house out of a birdhouse. You'll also learn how to attract the ladybugs once the house is ready.
Ladybug Land - Don't want to build your own habitat? Try this.
If you order the ladybugs, they will take a few weeks to arrive. However, you should be able to get live ladybugs locally or collect your own.
If you enjoyed reading this page, you'll find more ideas for backyard fun below. I hope you'll check those out, too. Thank you for stopping by.