Our Ladybug Experience included observations of ladybugs from
the very small larvae, the pupa, and the fully grown ladybug.
The class was familiar with raising Monarch butterflies and
wanted to try a similar project with ladybugs.
We immediately learned that ladybug larvae cannot be shipped
through the mail when the temperature is above 90 degrees F.
Although school began in early August, we did not receive our
larvae until the middle of September because of our very hot
Once the larvae arrived, we observed the ladybugs shedding
their skin as they grew. We were able observe their lifecycle.
We saw the newly emerged ladybug with no spots and saw the spots
appear as the elytra dried and hardened.
Because there are so many myths and stories about
ladybugs, we read both fiction and nonfiction books. To help
understand fact/opinion and fiction/nonfiction, the students
each made a scientific drawing or model of a ladybug labeling
the parts correctly. The students also drew a separate artistic
rendering that included a ladybug.