Your ladybug larvae will arrive in a special shipping tube complete with food. This will be all the food your larvae will need to develop into Pink Spotted Ladybugs. Children may be surprised to find that ladybug larvae are not as cute and round as their adult counterparts. They actually look like tiny alligators!
Your Ladybug Land Includes:
- Beautiful diorama style habitat
- Ladybug Land Instruction Guide
- Built-in magnifying lid for up-close ladybug observation
- Water reservoir “volcano” keeps thirsty ladybugs happy
- Watering pipette
- A shipping tube containing 10 to 13 ladybug larvae
To begin, remove the magnification cap from the top of your ladybug habitat. Angle the habitat slightly and then carefully sprinkle the ladybug larvae, food and strips of paper from the tube into the habitat. Try not to sprinkle the larvae and food onto the sponge in the volcanic crater. Then, using the pipette included, place a couple of drops of water on the sponge in the middle of the crater. The ladybug larvae will visit the crater when they are thirsty, so be sure to keep the sponge moist, but not saturated, for the duration of their lifecycle.
Keep your Ladybug Land in a safe place away from heat or drafts and get ready to watch the ladybug activity!
Raise Your Very Own Ladybugs!
The ladybug larvae will busy themselves searching for food, eating, molting, and growing constantly. It’s fun to keep a your very own ladybug journal to record your larvae’s activity and growth
Soon, the larvae will have stored enough energy to pupate. They will attach themselves to the floor and walls of the dome, curl up and harden into pupae. After about 5 days, they will emerge as adult ladybugs.
Once your larvae have metamorphosed into adult ladybugs, they will depend on you to provide them with food. Simply soak one or two raisins in water for about 5 minutes, blot them on a paper towel, cut them in half and drop them into the Ladybug Land. This should keep your ladybugs well fed for about a week. When the raisin disappears, place another one in the habitat.
If you happen to have plants outdoors infested with harmful aphids, you can place a few of the aphid-covered leaves in your Ladybug Land. Ladybugs are especially fond of aphids!
Set Them Free!
Enjoy your ladybugs for 3 to 4 days, then let them go outdoors where they can begin the ladybug life cycle all over again. Ladybugs are especially helpful creatures and can assist you in ridding your garden of harmful pests (like aphids).
Due to import restrictions, Insect Lore cannot ship outside the Continental United States. We cannot ship live insects specimens to Puerto Rico, Hawaii, or Mexico. We also cannot ship live product overseas.
About the Seller
Insect Lore is the Original Butterflies-By-Mail Company, founded by entomologist Carlos White. It was Carlos’ dream to provide children with the opportunity to witness the wonder of butterfly metamorphosis up close in the home and classroom. After years of research and development, Insect Lore launched in 1969 with the creation of our beloved flagship butterfly-growing kit, the Live Butterfly Garden. Decades later, Insect Lore ships hundreds of thousands of caterpillars and butterfly kits to excited families and students across the US, the UK and Europe each year. Our innovative product line now includes ladybug, praying mantis and ant growing kits, as well as hands-on educational products that make science more approachable and relatable to young learners.