We had some crazy rain on Friday. Some flooding in our area. Lots of trees and branches down. The last time we had rain, we discovered a leak in the ceiling, and this time we found another one. Looks like we’ll need to contact the roofing company we used a few years ago.
One of the surprises was the blackout, caused by a down tree nearby. I had just washed both kids’ lovies, and something told me to just put them through the drier, not the entire load of clothes I’d washed. The power went out just as the lovies finished drying. Thank God for small favors! Our power went out just before 5pm and wasn’t on until 8 the next morning.
On the plus side, we have tons of candles! First, we put on bathing suits and headed upstairs to our giant tub. There’s great light in our bathroom, so we played in the tub until the sun went down, then we had a candle light dinner. Fun times!
We’ve been watching the ladybugs and – like I mentioned before – I hadn’t seen them in different stages before. One thing I definitely did not know is that they go through several stages on their way to becoming adults. As they grow, they molt. So our habitat is full of discarded ladybug skins. But even weirder is that when they finally emerge as adult ladybugs, they are nearly white, with no spots! As their shells harden, they gain spots and pigment and become darker. So our ladybugs are ranging from spotless cream to a salmon color right now. We actually got to watch a few of them working really hard to get out of their shells – shaking back and forth to escape. It was really neat!
For more info on ladybug lifecycles, see this site: http://www.ladybug-life-cycle.com/
For Christmas last year, my daughter got a ladybug habitat from my parents. Sadly, I had not had time to order the ladybugs and get this together for her. So I finally got it together and ordered the ladybugs that came with the kit (only had to pay shipping!). Unfortunately, the first set of bugs arrived dead. The package had gotten smashed in the mail and the bugs got out and had no humid air or got too hot (or something). So the second set finally arrived, and it is SO COOL! They arrive in their larva stage. I knew they had different stages, but I never knew how they changed or what their stages look like.
The ladybugs arrived in this tube (sorry, my daughter was so excited we had to dump them right away, so there are no ladybugs in this picture.) We put them in their new home and added a few drops of water to give their air some humidity, and they were set! (The tube came with a bit of food for them, but we’ll be giving them raisins later.) We are very excited to get to see these little guys grow over the next few weeks! 🙂
P.S. Helpful chart from http://kidsgrowingstrong.org/ladybug_life