Lifecycle of ladybug 🐞 | Foster

What a gorgeous day! Students at Foster Elementary learned about the lifecycle of a ladybug. This insect grows up much like a butterfly but the stages look different. Instead of a caterpillar, a ladybug is born as a larva, sheds its skin several times as it grows, hardens into a pupa and crawls out as a ladybug. See stages below:

We had a fun time looking at different pictures from books from the library and then went on a scavenger hunt to see if we could find any in our garden!

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We even ate a snack of kale and carrots!

Hope Cox

Native to Tennessee, Hope fell in love with urban farming while majoring in Nutrition/Dietetics at UT Chattanooga. She volunteered at an urban farm there for two years and gleaned (pun intended!) bushels of knowledge about harvesting & planting, CSA box coordination, farmers market stands, school field trips, farm-to-table and more. When Hope moved to Los Angeles in late 2014, she began volunteering with EnrichLA and soon after became a Ranger. She loves sharing with her elementary students the hands-on experience of gardening, finding bugs, composting and eating from the garden. The expression of glee on the students' faces when they discover a new critter or favorite vegetable is the best part of Hope's day! One day, she hopes to be a real farmer in the country but for now is glad to be learning the ins-and-outs of inner-city farming.