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The Ladybug Larvae Refill is perfect for those customers who already have a Ladybug Land Habitat and want to raise more ladybugs.
If you do not have a Live Ladybug Land Habitat yet or you just want to postpone ordering your live ladybug larvae until you are ready, simply order the Ladybug Larvae Prepaid Voucher. Insect Lore will send you a certificate that allows you to redeem your baby ladybugs online or by mail when you are prepared to receive them.
Here’s What's iIncluded:
- A tube of 10 to 13 live ladybug larvae with all the nutritious food they need to grow into friendly adult Pink Spotted Ladybugs
- Ladybug Larvae Quick Guide
Easy to Raise and Maintain
Your ladybug larvae will arrive at your door in a plastic shipping tube complete with nutritious food and instructions. Be sure you are available to accept and open the package immediately. You should already have an Original Ladybug Land Habitat in which to house your baby ladybugs.
Remove the magnification cap from your ladybug habitat, tilt the habitat on an angle, and sprinkle the ladybug larvae, food, and paper from the shipping tube into the habitat. Try not to sprinkle the food onto the sponge in the volcano crater. Then, using the pipette included, squeeze 2 to 3 drops of water onto the sponge in the volcano crater. You will need to keep this sponge moist (but not saturated!) to provide water for your larvae at all times.
Your ladybug larvae will eat, grow and molt for about a week to 10 days. Once they have stored enough energy, they will attach themselves to the walls and floor of their habitat to begin the pupal stage of their lives. After approximately 5 days, the adult ladybugs will emerge from the pupas. At this point, your adult ladybugs will rely on you to provide their food. Simply soak one or two raisins in water for about 5 minutes and then blot them on a paper towel. Cut them in half and drop them in the Ladybug Land Habitat. That’s it! Repeat once the raisins have disappeared and be sure that your ladybugs are always supplied with water. If you have any plants outdoors that may be bothered by aphids, you might drop a few aphid-infested leaves in the habitat as well. Ladybugs love to eat aphids!
Let Your Ladybugs Fly Away!
Release your ladybugs within a week of their emergence from the pupas. Follow these suggestions if you would like your ladybugs to remain in your garden:
- Try to release them in the early morning when temperatures have reached at least 55 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Before you let your ladybugs go, lightly mist your plants and flowers with water to provide a natural place for thirsty ladybugs to drink.
- Look for plants that are infested with ladybugs’ favorite food -aphids, whiteflies, thrips, or any soft-bodied insect. Be sure to release your ladybugs near this food source.
- Ladybugs like to live under rocks, roots and logs, so it is helpful to release them near these hiding places as well!
Once ladybugs emerge from their pupas, it can take about 12 hours for their spots to appear.
There’s so much more to learn about Ladybug Metamorphosis. Be sure to visit our Ladybug FAQ.
Shipping: Live ladybug larvae are shipped to destinations within the Continental USA and Alaska. We cannot ship live larvae to Hawaii, Mexico or Puerto Rico.
We guarantee that 5 ladybug larvae will transform into adult ladybugs.
Manufacturer Recommended Age: 4 and up with adult supervision
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- Fun not just for classrooms, but kids and adults learning at home!
I'm obsessed with ladybugs, and my husband got the kit as a gift for me. I've enjoyed showing the life cycle stages to my nephew and godson, who are now enjoying their butterfly gardens. Great educational gift for any child or adult who loves entomology, not just for classrooms!
- Ladybugs life cycle is a wonderful supplemental to lifecycles theme at kindergarten level
I teach kindergarten.The students absolutely love watching the ladybugs grow. They learn about the life cycle of a ladybug from *larvae to pupa to ladybug-right before their eyes. *Ladybugs cannot survive as eggs, they are shipped as new baby larvae). FYI I tape the ladybug land' dome' to its base & then tape the LB land-kit to the table where it sits. ( little people tend to pick things up to explore..eek)
- I teach Kindergaren and I have been ordering ladybugs for years. The children love it and the older children stop in my classroom to see them again and again. A great experience for all.
A great teaching experience.