You never know when an unexpected discovery is going to take you on a Science/Nature learning experience! Last year a garden "disaster" turned into a fantastic learning experience on the cabbage butterfly.
This morning I went out to take photos of the garden and I spotted these funny little creatures on our Stanley Prune Plum.
You see "Stanley" had a very bad case of aphids this Spring. I basically had no choice but to clip off the affected branches and leaves and smoosh the little critters before they killed the small tree. A few ladybugs eventually arrived to try help me out and I think they were able to take care of any aphids that I missed so Stanley is doing fine now. What I didn't know was that they laid some eggs on Stanley and now we are seeing their lifecycle stages up close like we did with butterflies last year. FUN FUN FUN!
I immediately found a chart of the ladybug lifecycle for the kids to see what stages our little larva and pupas are at. I haven't noticed any yellow eggs or adults so we're kind of in the middle of the cycle.
I love ladybugs and collect many kinds of ladybug items so this is really fun for me. Have you discovered any up close Science/Nature learning experiences lately?