We have some vegetables growing in our backyard: green beans, cucumber, broccoli, tomatoes, basil, yellow squash, peppers, and more! Sounds delicious, right? Well, the bugs think so, too, and they are eating away at all my delicious vegetable plants! So, a few days ago we took a trip to our local plant nursery and purchased a container of ladybugs. For $7.99, you get 1,500+ ladybugs, ready to take on all the pests in your garden! Well, I had the container sitting on the kitchen counter (we were waiting to release them later in the evening). In comes my wild child, knocks the container off the counter, pulls off the lid and lets at least 150 ladybugs loose in the kitchen! Luckily, they didn't try to fly away and we were able to collect most of them. We have 4 cats, so let's just say that they took care of any ladybugs we missed. I'm so sorry little ladybugs! :(
Anyways, we were able to release the majority of the little red beetles into our garden, which made for an awesome nature observation experience for Olive (as if 150 ladybugs crawling on the kitchen floor wasn't enough). She helped me spread them about our garden, allowing them to all find their new homes. Then we spent about 20 minutes just watching them. Listening to Olive exclaim, "Ohhhh", "Ahhhh", "Oooooh, nice!", "Oh, bugbug!", was so precious and memorable.
Up close and personal.
"Ohhhhh! Bugbug! Nice!"
I love these next 4 pictures. They show such a great progression of feelings.
"Hmmm, this is interesting, but I'm not too sure yet".
"Oh yes, I think I like this!"
"Okay now ladybug, you're getting a little too close. You aren't going to go up my sleeve, are you?"
"OMG! She's on my shoulder! Be still, be still!"
We had such a pleasant time watching the little ladybugs crawl and fly around us. Even if you don't have aphids or other unpleasant bugs in your garden, I highly recommend picking up a container of ladybugs. Set them loose and watch your little one burst with excitement! Just remember to release them outdoors, not in the kitchen. :)