Monday, September 3, 2007

Keeping Ladybugs in the Classroom

Hello everyone!

I am sorry that I was not able to participate on the blog as I had intended. But I did want to share our groups "ladybug care and feeding tips." ....

The children create a habitat using a large goldfish bowl, a layer of soil, a plant and anything else they think is appropriate.
Get several raisins.( Guess raisins taste like aphids. Yum!) Soak them in water for about 5 minutes. Then blot them dry on a paper towel and cut them in half and place them in the habitat in a feeding dish made from a jar lid.We also provide water on a sponge.

To keep the ladybugs from escaping we place a piece of nylon pantyhose over the top of the bowl and secure it with a rubber band.
You can observe and investigate them for about a week.
Then set them free to "fly away home".
Probably that will be MY home since we always get tons of ladybugs hibernating in the cracks between the logs on my house.

Hope everyone has a wonderful school year!