Ladybugs are the cutest things! There is something delightful—almost magical—about wandering through a garden soaking up God’s creation… seeing birds zooming around… fragile butterflies looking for flowers… and suddenly noticing a little metallic blue iridescent dot scurrying across your path. A tiny oval-shaped dome shining in the sunlight… being carried along by microscopic legs too tiny to even see them!
LADYBUG (LADYBIRD BEETLE) ~ ARTICLE FOR KIDS ~ FREE PRINTABLE (A4)
All my articles are designed to give glory to God as Creator. I found some ladybug pics under creative commons that I could post for you, so this time there is a choice of articles for kids. One with pics. And one without, so you can add your own pics if you wish to show different coloured ladybugs (as I did). Use this tutorial as a guide to show you how to add your own photos.
– Ladybugs (Goodsearch)
– Ladybug on soft blue flowers with soft blue background
– Ladybug close up showing one wing extended
– Ladybug anatomy diagram and photo of ladybug showing both delicate wings extended
– Steel blue ladybugs (metallic dark blue) – super cute
– Yellow Ladybugs
– Ladybug larvae – they look like tiny microscopic alligators!
– Newly hatched ladybugs watch the spots develop!
LAMINATE + SEND AN EXTRA COPY
I laminate my articles before sending them to my kids to keep them looking nice. I also send an extra copy for my child’s teacher with a post-it note on it to remind them to give it to them.
This article is also available in French. For other children who are NOT ENGLISH or FRENCH speaking, I also send it to them but make sure I INCLUDE ALL TEXT IN THE LETTER so that it gets translated. Add a short note and some hugs and kisses and that’s an extra letter. If you would like to do this for your child too, you are welcome to ‘copy and paste’ any of my text (scroll down to the bottom of this post).
Ladybug ~ FREE colouring pages, puzzles, crafts and creative ideas for kids to fill your package of love
LADYBUG (LADYBIRD BEETLE) ~ ARTICLE TEXT
It’s not a bird or a bug… it’s a beetle!
There is something delightful—almost magical—about wandering through a garden soaking up God’s creation… seeing birds zooming around… fragile butterflies looking for flowers… and suddenly noticing a little metallic blue iridescent dot scurrying across your path. A tiny oval-shaped dome shining in the sunlight… being carried along by microscopic legs too tiny to even see them!
[This actually happened to me. It was sooo cool. :) ]
There are about 6000 different species of these cute little guys right across the world with their pretty spots, beautiful colours and wings tucked under their jackets. Maybe you’ve seen them where you live. You might know these tiny beetles as ladybugs, lady beetles or ladybird beetles. The adult beetle can fly a long way looking for food or mates. Most ladybird beetles LOVE to eat tiny insects that eat plants—like aphids—so they help protect crops.
They lay hundreds of eggs right among the insects, so when the ladybird babies hatch, they can get right down to some serious eating! They are very hungry and by the end of 3-6 weeks, can eat 5,000 aphids. Ladybugs can play dead or squish out nasty-tasting chemicals, which give them a foul taste. After the predator spits it out, “Yuk!” they know not to try that again! Ladybird beetles have a sophisticated chemical factory inside them which makes hundreds of different recipes. The bright red and black jacket of a ladybug is a WARNING to remind predators that they are NOT a tasty treat and should stay away.
Ladybird beetles go through 4 stages (metamorphosis)—egg, larva, pupa, before becoming an adult beetle. The larva also has 4 stages (instars)—where they eat, grow, shed their old coat, grow a new one, getting bigger and bigger each time. Then it’s off with the coat again and time to transform into a pupa. The adult beetle emerges 7-14 days later, with wings outstretched and a brand new coat (cuticle), which needs time to harden and develop its pretty colours. These incredible and beautiful beetles were perfectly designed by God, the Master Designer, in the very first week of history when the world was made.He knew exactly what He was doing. Everything that the ladybird needs to become a beetle is right there in that tiny egg.
The egg comes with a special ‘do-it-yourself’ kit in their DNA called ‘how-to-turn-into-a… FROG! (Just seeing if you are awake!) No, it’s ‘how-to-turn-into-a-ladybug’ of course. God designed everything to reproduce after their own ‘KIND’. So when ladybird beetles has a baby, it is not a cow or a monkey. ALL the special features had to be there AND working correctly from the very first beetle… or there would be no more ladybird beetles!
From the depths of the sea to the highest Heavens, everything around us in creation cries out ‘God!’ He has decorated our world with His exquisite artwork. Flowers, trees, birds, animals, stars and ladybugs are all gifts from Him. God created so many wonderful things for us to care for and enjoy. Things that are beautiful…. intricate… mysterious… perfect. To teach us about Him. To show us how wonderful, magnificent, wise and powerful He is. So that we will worship Him. Jesus! God the Creator! Keep a close eye out in your garden. You just never know where God is going to hide one of his delightful surprises!
Class: Insecta; Family: Coccinellidae
Eggs: 0.2—2mm long
Size: 8—10mm (0.3 to 0.4 inch)
Life span: up to 2 years
Ladybugs smell with their feet!
Ladybugs flap their wings 85 times per second. Ladybug babies look more like tiny crocodiles than beetles!
Information from: creation.com ~ a fabulous site with lots of scientific information from a Biblical perspective. Written by Ph.D. scientists (previously evolutionists) who believe that God says what He means and means what He says. Got questions about God? This is where you will find real answers. Like me, they are all about reinforcing the authority of Scripture and giving glory to God as designer. We CAN and MUST take God’s Word literally. God says what He means and means what He says. If He meant something else, He would have said something else.
And when you write to your Compassion child, don’t forget to tell them who designed these gorgeous ladybugs… :)
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