Ladybugs are charming creatures, enjoyable to watch, harmless to hold, useful in gardens, wished upon like stars and blown away in the breeze. Some say a ladybug’s spots determine its age. This project will reveal the truth about ladybugs.
What determines the number of spots on a ladybug?
- Computer with internet access
- Color printer
- Digital camera
- Magnifying glass
- Ladybug specimens
- Typical office/craft supplies (such as paper, pens & poster-board)
- Research related materials (see bibliography below)
- Collect ladybugs
- Search online, print, and carefully label pictures of ladybugs that interest you.
- Write about ladybugs (what they eat, regions where they are found, markings, etc).
- List the benefits and disadvantages of ladybugs.
- Suggest a creative solution for ladybug infestations that does not involve killing them.
- Write a detailed report.
- Include live ladybug specimens in your science fair display.
- Show interesting photos taken throughout the course of the project.
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