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Backyard Fun: How to Build a Ladybug Habitat

Updated on July 17, 2014

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.

ladybug, diagram of a ladybug
ladybug, diagram of a ladybug

Why Ladybugs?

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?

Lady-bug, lady-bug,

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.

Who Likes Ladybugs?

Do you love ladybugs or do you go after them with bug spray?

Love 'em, love 'em, love 'em

Love 'em, love 'em, love 'em

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    • Kathleen 2 months ago

      I bought some ladybugs but it is still to cold for bugs. How long can they last without food, is there anytime can feed them?

    • Kathleen 2 months ago

      I bought some ladybugs but it is still to cold for bugs. How long can they last without food, is there anytime can feed them?

    • Sandy Mertens 3 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      I love them. We don't see too many here.

    • Kathryn Grace 3 years ago from San Francisco

      Bug spray! NEVER! As you say, ladybugs are the gardener's friend. I used to import their eggs every year to assure we had plenty of aphid-egg-eating ladybugs. My children loved watching the larva and later the little ladybirds with their tiny wings.

    • GrammieOlivia 3 years ago

      Always encouraging these little super "bad bug eaters"

    • Susan Deppner 3 years ago from Arkansas USA

      I like them and even try to practice catch and release when we find them in the house.

    • fyrdragon350 3 years ago

      i always make a wish and then blow on them to help the wish along

    • sheilamarie78 3 years ago

      Love 'em! Even when they sneak into the house to overwinter, I like to put them on my house plants to keep away the aphids.

    • happynutritionist 3 years ago

      I love seeing them in my garden...they are a little less fun in they decide to swarm on and in your home:-)

    • Meryl van der Merwe 3 years ago from USA

      love them!

    • DebMartin 3 years ago

      Of course. They are so very beautiful.

    • jennabeezer 3 years ago

      I've always loved them! I'm becoming friendlier with other bugs as well now that I have a child. She wants to capture each and every creature for observation in her bug tank!

    • ChocolateLily 3 years ago

      Love them, unless they start infesting the house.

    • Lorelei Cohen 3 years ago from Canada

      Love em. Bright colorful I feel happy when I see one.

    • anonymous 3 years ago

      they are just so gosh darn cute!

    • Northerntrials 3 years ago

      I am totally ladybird or ladybug friendly... They are not bugs but beetles anyway but that's a moot point. I once pulled off the highway onto a shoulder just to safely let a ladybug out of the car as it flew in the window.

    • Kim 3 years ago from Yonkers, NY

      I love lady bugs! Always have to pick them up & play with them. (i just let them walk around on my hands) one of the few bugs I will actually do that (lightning bugs too)

    • Kim 3 years ago from Yonkers, NY

      I love lady bugs! Always have to pick them up & play with them. (i just let them walk around on my hands) one of the few bugs I will actually do that (lightning bugs too)

    • RHKnight 3 years ago

      I leave them alone.

    • centralplexus 4 years ago

      They eat the aphids (which suck all the life from my plants) so my enemy's enemy is my friend! (I hate bugs in general but this is an exception!)

    Just another pest in the garden.

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      • Nancy Tate Hellams 2 years ago from Pendleton, SC

        I used to love lady bugs that they can really be a nuisance if they get into the house.

      • Eighteen18 6 years ago

        I do really like them, but the school where I work has an infestation of them each year in the staff room and they bombard you.... not nice!

      Frame your loved one with a Ladybug luck and love

      Ladybug Round Picture Frame Adorable Photo Frame by Ladybug Collection
      Ladybug Round Picture Frame Adorable Photo Frame by Ladybug Collection

      Combine your favorite photo with your favorite lucky bug with this Ladybug picture frame. Great gift idea or fun to have for yourself.

       

      Ladybug Facts

      1. There are over five thousand different species of Ladybugs throughout the world. Yes, 5,000.
      2. The female ladybug is a little larger than the male but not by much.
      3. Ladybugs live about 1-2 years.
      4. Their main diet is aphids but they will also eat small insects, moth eggs and pollen.
      5. A mama ladybug can lay anywhere from 20 - 1,000 eggs during a 3-month span in either the spring or summer.
      6. 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.
      7. There are a few species that are a blue metallic color.
      8. Ladybugs need their antennae to smell, touch and taste.
      9. There is an official Ladybug Day. It occurs every 90 years.
      10. 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.

      Ladybugs and Other Insects [With Transparent Pages] (Scholastic First Discovery)
      Ladybugs and Other Insects [With Transparent Pages] (Scholastic First Discovery)

      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.

      Orcon OB-RLH1 Live Ladybug Habitat
      Orcon OB-RLH1 Live Ladybug Habitat

      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 tank

      aphids for food

      stems and pieces of plants for food

      the ladybugs

      food scraps and water

      gloves, 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

      Hey Ladybug, Let Me Count Your Spots
      Hey Ladybug, Let Me Count Your Spots

      • Image Credits.This image was copied from wikipedia:de. The original description was: == Marienkäfer == 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.

      Insect Lore Bug Viewer And Case - Creature Peeper With 3x Magnified Views From Above And Below
      Insect Lore Bug Viewer And Case - Creature Peeper With 3x Magnified Views From Above And Below

      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.

      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

      Backyard Explorer Science Kit - Terrific tools to explore the backyard

      Scientific Explorer Backyard Kit
      Scientific Explorer Backyard Kit

      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.

      Insect Lore Ladybug Growing Kit Toy - Includes Voucher Coupon for Baby Ladybug Larave to Adult Ladybugs - SHIP LATER
      Insect Lore Ladybug Growing Kit Toy - Includes Voucher Coupon for Baby Ladybug Larave to Adult Ladybugs - SHIP LATER

      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.

      Share your ladybug experiences, comments & suggestions - Tell me your ladybug story

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          Kenneth Avery 2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

          Vikk,

          Wow! I know this is ironic, but Ladybugs, Grasshoppers are my All-time favorite insects. I used to make ants a place to live in my aquarium and they loved it, but a family member killed them with hot water while I was at work. This was tough.

          Anyway, for your hub, I will tell you the truth. I think that this is an excellent piece of writing. Amazing work.

          I loved the way you presented your topic. Wonderful graphics.

          This piece was helpful, informative and very interesting.I was glad to vote Up and all of the choices.

          You are certainly a gifted writer. Please keep up the fine work.

          Sincerely,

          Kenneth Avery, Hamilton, Alabama

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          Nancy Tate Hellams 2 years ago from Pendleton, SC

          We had a neighbor whose home became invested with lady bugs. I never knew they could be such a nuisance. They were everywhere.

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          SteveKaye 3 years ago

          Fantastic lens about a fantastic bug.

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          Kathryn Grace 3 years ago from San Francisco

          Ladybugs, or ladybirds as we sometimes called them when I was a child, have always fascinated me. As a wee one, I loved to feel their little feet tickling my palm when I held them. Lovely page. Thank you for all the care that went into it.

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          Paula Hite 3 years ago from Virginia

          I love ladybugs! Thanks for the awesome lens!

          https://plus.google.com/u/0/b/10593843672309975630...

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          Susan Deppner 3 years ago from Arkansas USA

          What a fun and informative lens!

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          Cheryl Paton 3 years ago from West Virginia

          I just recently caught a lady bug in my house and released it outside.

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          tonyleather 3 years ago

          Excellent lens about a truly beautiful and garden friendly insect that has an undeserved bad reputation.

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          anonymous 3 years ago

          Can Ladybugs Bite?

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          DebMartin 3 years ago

          Lady bug, lady bug, fly away home.... a favorite from my childhood

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          'Vikk Simmons 3 years ago from Houston

          @acreativethinker: Thank you so much. I'm glad you enjoyed your visit.

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          'Vikk Simmons 3 years ago from Houston

          @Johanna Eisler: That's great news that you see a difference. Sometimes it takes time for nature to do her thing but she eventually does get there if we can have a little patience.

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          acreativethinker 4 years ago

          What a fantastic lens on ladybugs. Just so cute and some great ideas. Thanks for sharing.

          Take care :)

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          'Vikk Simmons 3 years ago from Houston

          @iijuan12: Thanks!. I'm glad the ladybugs are doing such a good job.

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          'Vikk Simmons 3 years ago from Houston

          @Northerntrials: Crickets are cool but I have to say when you have a pond they can get really noisy. :)

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          'Vikk Simmons 3 years ago from Houston

          @anonymous: I know. I remember them landing on my hands and arms when I was playing outside as a child and being so fascinated with them. Of course, I always had to count the spots.

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          'Vikk Simmons 3 years ago from Houston

          @Lady Lorelei: You would think...but I just learned some new things today as I was updating pages. :)

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          Lorelei Cohen 3 years ago from Canada

          Wow you have everything in here that anyone could possible want to know about the little ladybug. Adorable just like she is.

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          anonymous 3 years ago

          I hate really hate most bugs, anything that is creepy, crawly or flies in my face LOL, but everyone has to love ladybugs, they are just so delicate and adorable!

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          Northerntrials 3 years ago

          I used to have a terrarium as a kid and collected all sorts of insects and animals but the one I knew from the beginning was better left to the garden was the ladybug. I could always enjoy them first hand there and they enjoy doing good work. Now crickets... they were always in my terrarium .. don't you love the sound they make at night... It used to drive my brothers nuts. Maybe that's why I kept them.

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          iijuan12 4 years ago from Florida

          Great resource! We try to encourage ladybugs to visit our gardens and eat up aphids.

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          Johanna Eisler 4 years ago

          We have purchased ladybugs twice recently, hoping to control or eliminate the scale on our fruit trees. Although the scale is not gone, it seems to have diminished greatly. We have even greater hopes for success next year! :)

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          centralplexus 4 years ago

          Awesome lens on ladybugs, well done!

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          Melissa Miotke 4 years ago from Arizona

          This is a great idea. I'd love to draw more ladybugs to our yard. My daughter loves them:)

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          Treasures By Brenda 4 years ago from Canada

          Love ladybugs except maybe when we get a swarm of them in the fall. That's only happened a couple of times in my experience though.

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          Takkhis 4 years ago

          Great lens on ladybugs and The ladybug teapot is awesome :)

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          gottaloveit2 4 years ago

          What a really excellent article on ladybugs! I learned so much - it's this type of article that makes Squidoo great. Thanks.

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          Birthday Wishes 4 years ago from Here

          I just love it when they land on your arms and at first you are shocked, but then you see that it is a lovely ladybug and you start to smile... Great lens!!!

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          Ardyn25 4 years ago

          We've made ant habitats but not ladybugs, wonderful idea!

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          Ben Reed 4 years ago

          Love those ladybugs.

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          Anthony Altorenna 4 years ago from Connecticut

          Ladybugs are always welcome in my garden! We do not use any pesticides and strive to create a wildlife friendly yard that encourages birds, bugs and other critters to visit.

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          'Vikk Simmons 4 years ago from Houston

          @aesta1: Thank you. I'm glad you are seeing more of our dainty little friends.

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          Mary Norton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

          These info especially the acts about ladybugs make me notice them in the garden.

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          'Vikk Simmons 4 years ago from Houston

          @dellgirl: Thank you. I'm so glad you enjoyed your visit.

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          'Vikk Simmons 4 years ago from Houston

          @ismeedee: Yes, it does have a way of staying with you, doesn't it?

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          'Vikk Simmons 4 years ago from Houston

          @Nadooa: Oh now, say it ain't so. I'm so glad that the little bugs are growing on you. :)

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          'Vikk Simmons 4 years ago from Houston

          @stephen downing: You bet. I think this is a great project for the family.

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          'Vikk Simmons 4 years ago from Houston

          @Michelllle: Thank you very much. I tend to this page as much as I tend to my flowers. :)

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          'Vikk Simmons 4 years ago from Houston

          @lionmom100: Thanks! This has turned out to be a labor of love.

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          'Vikk Simmons 4 years ago from Houston

          @hntrssthmpsn: Yeah, I don't see them around much, either. You may be right, time for ladybugs. :)

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          'Vikk Simmons 4 years ago from Houston

          @GardenerDon: Yes, they are aphid eaters. I know they are pretty delicate so it's nice that you took care of them. I don't see them around as much as I did when I was a kid. That may be why.

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          Gardener Don 4 years ago

          I tend to be extra careful when using pesticides in my garden, to the point of only using when there is no other choice, all in an effort to keep my garden a ladybug haven, they do so much to keep the aphids away.

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          hntrssthmpsn 4 years ago

          Ladybugs are such pretty little things! We had a ton of them at my childhood home, but I rarely see them at our current home. Incidentally, for the first time anywhere I've lived, I have trouble with aphids in the garden! Perhaps it's time to set about building an inviting habitat...

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          'Vikk Simmons 4 years ago from Houston

          @norma-holt: Thank you so much. I appreciate you taking the time to return and bless this page again as well as feature it on your page. That's very kind.

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          'Vikk Simmons 4 years ago from Houston

          @Michelllle: Thank you!

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          'Vikk Simmons 4 years ago from Houston

          @crstnblue: Thanks! I'm glad there are so many ladybug lovers.

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          'Vikk Simmons 4 years ago from Houston

          @Carashops: Thanks. Yes, they are one of the great signs of spring.

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          crstnblue 4 years ago

          Wonderful lens dedicated to ladybugs! Love them! : )

          Thanks for sharing!

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          Cara 4 years ago

          I always feel summer is on its way when I see my first ladybug of the year. Sweet lens.

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          lionmom100 4 years ago

          Lots of interesting information on Ladybugs.

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          Michelllle 4 years ago

          What a beautiful page. bravo!

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          norma-holt 4 years ago

          This is such a beautiful lens about a natural phenomena and although I have been here before this time it is featured on Blessed by Skiesgreen 2013. Hugs.

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          stephen downing 4 years ago

          Excellent lens for all ages, can even get the parents interacting with their children as well.

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          Nadooa 4 years ago

          Thank you for sharing all this with us, honestly I hate ladybugs (bad experience) but now I am leaning more to dislike instead..!

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          ismeedee 4 years ago

          I'm going to have that ladybug song going through my head now for days, I just know it! Lovely lens!

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          dellgirl 4 years ago

          What a unique and fun lens, itâs very interesting and such a great idea for a lens! I love it.

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          glenbrook 4 years ago

          Do you know where I can buy lady bugs? Also interested in praying mantis eggs...

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          olmpal 4 years ago

          Ladybug is so cute and I now know that it is useful too!! I learned a lot about them in your informative lens.

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          Oh Ladybug, Oh Lady Bug...won't you be my friend.. What sweetness you have created here, absolutely delightful! I remember that when I was little that my sister and I would wait to be able to see the first ladybug of spring, there was just something special to us about that.

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          Thrinsdream 5 years ago

          Brillity brill! I love ladybirds . . . sorry Ladybugs (I'm from the UK). Loved this article. With thanks and appreciation. Cathi x

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          theholidayplace 5 years ago

          Very interesting facts, great lens, enjoy it

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          AlleyCatLane 5 years ago

          Interesting ladybug facts. I didn't know they ate pollen too. Maybe i should import some to my yard. I am inundated with pollen from giant oaks and pine trees every year.

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          'Vikk Simmons 5 years ago from Houston

          @ZenandChic: Thank you for your kind comments and for the blessing. Glad you enjoyed your visit. It was fun writing.

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          'Vikk Simmons 5 years ago from Houston

          @kathysart: Thank you for the angel blessing and for the visit and comment.

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          OldStones LM 5 years ago

          Great tips you can never have to many ladybugs around the garden.

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          JJNW 5 years ago from USA

          I just love them! I have a couple of Squidoo lenses about them too. ***blessed by a SquidAngel***

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          kathysart 5 years ago

          Who wouldn't love a ladybug? I sure do. Nice lens, angel blessed.

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          Patricia 5 years ago

          Love this lens on ladybugs! I do remember that rhyme. Blessing this well done lens!

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          andreaberrios lm 5 years ago

          Cute lens! I love ladybugs.

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          JJ37 5 years ago

          Ladybugs need fans like you! Great information! If you want to expand your habitat to include other lovely critters, please come visit my lens, Create a Backyard Habitat - a Hobby for the Whole Family. Take care!

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          vanidiana24 5 years ago

          Thanks for sharing, this is a wonderful science project kids will surely love!

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          Tolovaj Publishing House 6 years ago from Ljubljana

          Inour country there is a saying ladybug can bring a husband to a young lady...

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          ElizabethJeanAl 6 years ago

          Ladybugs are pretty and useful little guys. They are also symbols of luck

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          anonymous 6 years ago

          I love seeing ladybugs, never thought to try to make a habitat for them though! Lots of good info here!

          ~ Blessed by a Squidoo Angel ~

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          cinnie2 6 years ago

          I once bought a bag of ladybugs for my garden. I didn't read the directions for release. How hard can it be to open a bag of bugs? I leaned over the aphid-laden squash plants and pulled open the bag. Instead of making an orderly march toward the aphids, they all just flew away. I laughed in spite of my waste of time and money.

          Turns out I should have released them in the cool of the morning, or late in the evening.

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          Vicki Green 6 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

          I had an infestation of aphids on a pine tree in my yard and was about ready to spray when a large number of ladybugs and their larvae appeared. They soon had the aphids under control - very beneficial insects!

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          hamshi5433 6 years ago

          Beautiful lens..I quite fancy the name of this insect `ladybug` ha :D

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          Eighteen18 6 years ago

          lots of different ideas here! great lens

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          RetroMom 6 years ago

          Very nice lens. There should be a proper habitat for all the creatures out there. Everybody has the right to live peacefully and happy.

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          sheilamarie78 6 years ago

          Oh, and my ants-go-marching lens, too!

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          sheilamarie78 6 years ago

          Wonderful page on ladybugs! Lensrolled to my stink-bugs-cedar-bugs and butterfly-wonder lenses.

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          anonymous 6 years ago

          Great lens on Ladybug habitats, I used to see them in the rainy season but sadly don't see them anymore these days. Maybe the area is too urbanized.

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          Ataraxia1 6 years ago

          Ladybugs are so cute. Really nice page, might just have to build a ladybug habitat.

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          darciefrench lm 6 years ago

          I love ladybugs! Sure enjoyed this lens, thanks -:)

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          Nancy Tate Hellams 6 years ago from Pendleton, SC

          Wonderful information about the Ladybug!

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          dwnovacek 6 years ago

          I LOVE ladybugs and I LOVE this lens! Informational and beautifully presented. Blessed by your Science neighborhood Squid Angel!

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          sushilkin lm 6 years ago

          Thanks for sharing your knowledge here..

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          Sandy Mertens 6 years ago from Frozen Tundra

          Wonderful facts and making a habitat for the ladybug.

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          Lee Hansen 6 years ago from Vermont

          Ladybugs are abundant in my garden along with praying mantis. I love them both.

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          Jeanette 6 years ago from Australia

          Actually the larvae ladybirds (Aussie for ladybugs) are very unusual creatures and fun to identify.

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          Malu Couttolenc 6 years ago

          What an interesting lens. Creating a habitat is a fun activity, would to try making one :)

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          norma-holt 6 years ago

          This is a great lens on an important animal. *-*Blessed*-* and featured on Angel blessings for Dogs on Squidoo - Other animals,

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          Lisa Auch 6 years ago from Scotland

          They are also very scarce in the UK! and there is a national survey to keep track of them, If you find them you are meant to report it! Lucky Leprechaun Blessing - Happy St Patricks Day

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          Carol Fisher 6 years ago from Warminster, Wiltshire, UK

          I'm going to send a link to this page to my sister who has a 4 year old son. I'm sure she'll want to make a ladybird habitat because he's fascinated by all kinds flora and fauna. Lensrolled.

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          Kathy McGraw 6 years ago from California

          Love it...my grandkids would love this too. We've often had jars with ladybugs around, but this gives much better info :) Blessed by an Angel :)

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          Richard 6 years ago from Surrey, United Kingdom

          Congrats on the Purple Star :) This is a wonderful one-stop page for all ladybird..uhm...ladybug fans :) Blessed!

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          Richard 6 years ago from Surrey, United Kingdom

          Congrats on the Purple Star :) This is a wonderful one-stop page for all ladybird..uhm...ladybug fans :) Blessed!

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          Melody Lassalle 6 years ago from California

          This lens is full of great information. My niece did the Insect Lore Lady Bug Land kit and just loved being a part of the process. Maybe she is ready to set up her own habitat.

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          Virginia Allain 6 years ago from Central Florida

          Lots of great information and activities here. Squid Blessings on this lens (and featured on the Best Insect Webpages on Squidoo).

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          Addy Bell 6 years ago

          I had no idea ladybugs could live one or two years! I assumed they only lived a few weeks or months at most. Thanks for a great resource on ladybugs for people of all ages.

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          encouragingwords 6 years ago

          I think your lovely ladybugs will be right at home lensrolled at Bee Sayings for Really Sweet Cards.

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          justholidays 6 years ago

          Ladybugs... When I was a child, I used to catch and keep them in my hands. In these times, I could leave my hand opened, they weren't frightened by humans.

          I think that this lens could be translated into a summer fun activity.

          Blessed by a passing angel on Squidoo.

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