Friday, February 18, 2011

Ladybugs on a picnic?

Do you love ladybugs?  I do, and I think it must be a well-shared love!  Coming soon, I think I will plan a spring picnic for my family. 

Plan ahead!  Before I go, my daughters and I will make these fun ladybug visors.  (directions here)

A project for Mom!  Look at this adorable little ladybug purse!  Grab the pattern on etsy at the link shown. I plan to make one for each of my girls to carry sunglasses, bugspray, germ-x, bandaids, and ladybug magnifying glasses (for a later family activity)

SALE - PDF ePATTERN for Bumble Bee and Ladybug Treat Bags

Included in our picnic basket will be some of these lovely babybel cheese ladybugs, from Tiffany Yang here.

And some of these cute ham and cheese sammies, also from Tiffany Yang, found here.

After we have eaten, we will go on a ladybug hunt.  Taking our little ladybug magnifyers, we will go on a search for ladybugs, and other interesting insects.
Did you know???

Fun Facts:

•Because Ladybugs eat lots of aphids and other pest insects, many gardeners and farmers use them for pest control instead of chemicals.

•A Ladybug can lay up to 1000 eggs in its lifetime.

•Not all Ladybugs have spots.

•Ladybugs will clean themselves after a meal.

•Ladybugs come in many colors like pink, yellow, white, orange and black.

•Over 300 types of Ladybugs live in North America.

•Ladybugs make a chemical that smells and tastes bad so predators won’t eat them.

•Ladybugs hibernate in large groups in cold weather.

•Many countries consider a ladybug to be a sign of good luck.

•Ladybugs are actually beetles, so sometimes are called LadyBeetles.

•The bright colors of Ladybugs warn birds that they don’t taste good.

•The spots on a Ladybug fade as they get older.

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