Do your kids love playing outside in the garden? How about bugs?
Here at Big 4 Forest Glen, our garden is full of amazing creatures and places to explore and find them — both the ones you want to keep, and the ones you want to leave in their webs.
Searching for bugs at Big 4 Forest Glen is one of our favourite activities. We see children get so excited when they head out to explore the campgrounds in search of bugs, especially when they come across some of our favourite species including Ladybugs.
Ladybugs are wonderful bugs to find in the garden. Not only are they good luck, they like to eat pesky bugs we don’t want in our garden, such aphids.
Here are 20 fun facts about ladybugs for kids:
1) Ladybugs are a type of beetle.
3) To help defend themselves, ladybugs play dead. They also can release a yellow fluid that other bugs find stinky.
4) The color of the ladybug sends off the message to its predators that it may taste bad or be poisonous.
5) During winter ladybugs hibernate together to stay warm.
6) When the temperature is near 60 degrees Fahrenheit or around 16 degrees Celsius, the ladybugs become active.
7) Ladybugs are both male and female.
8) A ladybug can live up to a yearlong.
9) There are two sets of wings. The outer set is the hard shell for protection, and the inner set are what it uses to fly.
10) Ladybugs are very helpful to a garden as they eat aphids and mites, which are bugs that are harmful to plants.
11) An adult ladybug can eat up to 50 aphids in a day.
12) Ladybugs taste and smell with their antennae.
13) A ladybug lays its egg on a leaf. They are yellow eggs that turn white.
14) They come out the egg as larvae (Lar-VEE). If there is just one, it is a larva.
15) The larvae resemble tiny black alligators.
16) The larva sheds its outer skin, which is called molting. This happens after it has eaten too much that it’s skin becomes too tight.
17) After the larva is done molting, it becomes a pupa.
18) The pupa sticks itself to a safe place where it will not move. The pupa breaks open as the ladybug comes out.
19) The ladybug’s body goes from being soft with no spots to the hardened and spotted ladybugs we are familiar with.
20) The inner wings used for flying must dry before the ladybug can fly.
Other bugs you can find in the gardens at Big 4 Forest Glen include:
Earthworms are an awesome addition to any garden bed. Worm castings are a wonderful fertilizer, rich in nutrients otherwise unavailable to plants.
Bees are amazing. No, seriously. They are. They basically do all of the pollinating work for you in the garden. And that means better harvests from your favorite crops including okra, apples, blueberries, beans, and much more.
Butterflies are also great pollinators. And they add a bit of beauty to the garden as well.
See how many bugs you can find!