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Looking to learn more about the life of ladybugs? These Ladybug Life Cycle Worksheets for Kids can help you do just that!
You can see ladybugs in your garden all summer long, they are my favorite bugs because they look the least scary of all of the bugs and it’s such a treat when we can study them.
You can head to your backyard to see if there are any there, they’re so common it’s pretty easy to track them down particularly if you have a garden. Use these ladybug life cycle worksheets to learn how they grow from egg to adult.
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Stages of a Ladybug Life Cycle
Ladybugs have four life stages that they progress through as they grow up. From an egg, they hatch and become a larva. The larvae look nothing like the adult ladybug that you know and love. It’s small with light and dark brown markings.
Their bodies begin to change as they enter the pupa phase where they will start to look more like their adult forms.
As adults, ladybugs are usually red with black dots but also come in other colors like yellow. The life cycle of a ladybug can take 4 to 8 weeks to complete.
Ladybug Life Cycle Worksheets for Kids
Did you know ladybugs hibernate through the winter in groups before becoming active in the spring? We found tons of them overwintering in our trailer. A great learning day for the kids.
Learn more about plants, insects, and animals with these other life cycle worksheets for kids. Using life cycles as a learning study unit is really quite interesting. Not only does it help you to become familiar with certain bugs and animals in more depth but it opens up fun lines of communication as well.
I can’t tell you how much fun we had talking about ladybugs, naming ladybugs, and counting how many we could find.
Ladybug Worksheet Supplies
To print these life cycle worksheets off, you need the following supplies found below:
- Printer (I have this one, I love it!)
Print out the worksheets and get your scissors ready or have your little one write in their answers.
This activity can be used for those who are writing or those who are younger and not writing yet and can cut and paste their answers into the life cycle worksheet.
Recommended Ladybug Life Cycle Books
Read your favorite ladybug books to see actual pictures as they grow from egg to adult. You can see how ugly they look like larvae, sorry larvae gross me out but I do love ladybugs.
Anytime you can add in reading to learning printables, it really does add a well-rounded learning approach for the kids. They’ll love being able to work on their worksheets and then have some quiet study and reading time with their books, too.
Below are some of our favorite ladybug books that are easy and simple to read.
Then crawl over and check out more Free Insect Worksheets for Kids!
ReThe Grouchy LadybugIt’s a Good Thing There Are Ladybugs (Rookie Read-About Science)Are You A Ladybug? (Avenues) (Backyard Books)Life Cycle of a Ladybug, The (Blastoff! Readers: Life Cycles) (Life Cycles: Blastoff Readers, Level 3)
To extend this activity, head outdoors to see if you can find any ladybugs and observe them and follow them around. Don’t forget to take your life cycle printable with you out the door just in case you see a ladybug in a different phase of life.
If you’ve seen aphids around, there are sure to be ladybugs there too. If you do find one, perhaps you can help it along and place it in a place that has aphids there to help them find their next meal.
You can even take a nature journal with you so that the kids can write down or draw what they see.
My daughter has a science notebook to keep a record of what she’s learning about. I often encourage the kids to draw the creature we’re studying. Whether they find a picture online or from exploring our backyard and finding a specimen to study.
Don’t forget to download your ladybug life cycle printable below.
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