Ladybug Day 2014
10 am – 12:30 pm
Ladybugs may look delicate and pretty but they are a strong enforcer in the garden. Ladybugs eat aphids and other plant pests, making them critical to a healthy garden. Each year San Diego Botanic Garden celebrates these beloved Beetles and also teaches the community about other beneficial critters in our back yards. The day will include several activities throughout the garden such as searching for ladybugs, children’s crafts, an opportunity for children to create fresh flower bouquets, and a ladybug release. Children are welcome to wear their cutest ladybug or insect costume!
Ladybug Search Teams • 10:30 am and 11:30 am
Calling all ladybug lovers and citizen scientists. Join one of our docent-led ladybug search teams to three different areas in the garden as we search for the many varieties of ladybugs that can be found in the Garden.
Ladybugs Love Flowers! • 10:00 am – 12:30 pm (or as long as supplies last)
San Dieguito Garden Club presents flower arranging for children. Children will be able to make their own fresh flower bouquet to take home.
Activities in the Eucalyptus Grove • 10:00 am – 12:30 pm
Garden related craft activities will be available for children as well as Worm Composting Demonstrations. Worm composting teaches guests about worm composting and gets up-close and personal with our Red Wigglers, presented by the Solana Center Encinitas.
Ladybug Release • 12:00 noon
Be part of the release of hundreds of ladybugs at San Diego Botanic Garden. The ladybugs will help to manage insect pest in area crops and help preserve the Garden’s magnificent landscapes.
Free with Membership or Admission. Small fees for some crafts.
Photos: John Bryant and Diana Goforth
Photos: Herb Knufkin • Lady Bug Day 2009
Fun Fact about Ladybugs
Lieutenant Ladybug leads the troops against the Aphid Army
Aphids are tiny insects that damage plants. Ladybug beetles are a great natural defense against aphids because one ladybug can eat 100-150 aphids in a day.
Are Ladybugs always red with black spots? No way. Some are black with red spots. Some have no spots and some are yellow. We even found blue ones at the San Diego Botanic Garden.
Do ladybugs always look like ladybugs?
Other ladybugs would always recognize them, but when they are eggs or larva stage they look very different from the adult stage we all know. The eggs look like tiny yellow bowling pins and the larva stage looks like a tiny black alligator. Don’t use pesticides to control aphids. You could be killing a ladybug, your garden’s best friend.
Do all Ladybugs Look Alike?
There are thousands of different kinds of ladybugs in the world and over 150 different kinds just in the United States. Check out the pictures of three different kinds of ladybugs found on just one vegetable plant in the Hamilton Children’s Garden.
Seven different kinds of lady bugs that were found
during the Lady Bug Day in 2011
Above Photos: Susanne Brueckner
Banner Photo: Rachel Cobb