With spring finally here and flowers starting to bloom the girls and I have enjoyed seeing mother nature start waking up. We all love sitting by our front door in the warm sun looking for birds, butterflies, and even bees (since we’re safe inside!). When I was offered the chance to try the new Educational Insights Geosafari Jr. Ladybug Garden I was super excited and I knew they would be, too!
I made the rookie mistake of showing my oldest the ladybug garden as soon as it arrived – little did I know it does not ship with the ladybugs. Whoops! Two weeks and $12.95 later the a box of ladybug larve was delivered to our doorstep. The girls stayed up a bit later that night as they couldn’t wait to look inside.
My oldest really enjoyed helping set everything up for her new “baby ladies”.
We were all a bit surprised to see the larve looked nothing like the ladybugs we’re used to seeing – these looked like tiny little alligators that arrived a bit sleepy. By the next morning our Baby Ladies were busy eating and exploring their new home.
Having obviously never raised baby ladybugs before I was thankful the Educational Insights Ladybug Garden came with everything we needed to keep these little ladies happy and healthy. The terrarium is just as cute as it is functional and features a faux tree for the ladybugs to climb on with a sponge on top for water. They were shipped with a little cup and cotton rope to drink from in case you didn’t have a ladybug garden, so my oldest wanted to include it for the ladybugs that stayed “downstairs”. They seemed to like this water spot the best.
Though we often took the lid off to change their food and water, one of the best features of the Ladybug Garden are the 3 “skylights” on top made of magnifying glass. We loved being able to get an even closer look at them from their tree – our youngest liked to check on them many times throughout the day. She was actually the first to let us know they were starting to pupate into adult ladybugs when she yelled “uh-oh, Mama” upon seeing this…
Did you know adult lady bugs are ‘born’ yellow?
A few days later we had 4 adult ladybugs happily munching on water soaked raisins in our ladybug garden but Hubs and I knew the fun was nearing an end. Tearily, the girls agreed to release them into our daffodils on a sunny afternoon. We said a few
or 42 minutes of goodbyes and took our “Grown Up Ladies” outside. We held them one more time and let them literally be gone with the wind.
Not only did we enjoy the experience of raising ladybugs, I love that our girls received a firsthand look at the ladybug lifecycle! They took responsibility in checking our ladybugs had fresh food and water daily and even understood that it wasn’t fair to keep them in a tiny ladybug garden forever.
Enjoyable for adults and kids of all ages, the Educational Insights Geosafari Jr. Ladybug Garden would be a great gift for any upcoming spring or summer holidays, birthdays or graduations since the ladybugs can’t ship in extremely cold weather.
…We spotted a ladybug on the deck yesterday and my oldest is still insisting it was her “Dottie” <3