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Minibeast Ledge

Parents/Carers - If you're interested in setting up your own minibeast ledge, perhaps to set up a wormery, grow butterflies or ladybirds, or even keep spiders; please jump to our home learning resources page by clicking on the 'owl' icon on our homepage. Here you can view links on how you can purchase resources if you choose to? For your information, caterpillars for the butterfly garden are only dispatched on certain days and can take several weeks to arrive! Any questions, please don't hesitate to email. 
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Tuesday 21st April 2020

 

Today Mrs Podgers found some real ladybird eggs in her back garden - how exciting! Take a look below. 

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I wonder when they will hatch? What will they look like when they do? Keep watching this page to find out!
Friday 24th April 2020
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Look, everybody! Our ladybird eggs have begun to hatch today :)

Thursday 30th April 2020

 

Our ladybird larvae that have hatched are beginning to grow fast! Below you can see a baby ladybird munching on an aphid. Our other eggs have just hatched too! See the picture of the hatchlings gathered together eating their eggshells before heading off on their own in search of food. 

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Thursday 7th May 2020

 

Our ladybird larvae are growing fast and shedding their outer exoskeletons as they grow! Some have now begun to develop their yellow markings. Can you spot the black balls of exoskeleton on the leaves? Some more growing is still to be done before they settle down and become pupae.

Growing fast!

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What differences can you see? They look different because the larva at the bottom is shedding its exoskeleton at this moment! They appear a white colour at first before changing into the black beetle with yellow markings. 
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Can you see the ball of exoskeleton under the larva? 

Monday 18th May 2020

 

Our first ladybird larva has developed into its pupa! Take a look :) Our other ladybirds are becoming less active and beginning to freeze in one place, slowly curling over into an arched position, ready to change too. 

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Wednesday 20th May 2020

 

Our caterpillars are beginning to hang and curl, beginning their amazing transformation into a chrysalis!

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Wednesday 3rd June 2020

 

A lot happened over half-term at Minibeast Ledge. Our ladybirds emerged from their pupa's and our caterpillars transformed into their chrysalises and into beautiful painted lady butterflies! Yesterday, we released them. See our video on our Microsoft Teams page for Class 1 :) When our ladybirds emerged we were able to see what type of ladybird they were by how many spots they had. Some of our ladybirds were red with 18 spots and others were orange with 10 spots. Our 10 spot ladybird had a mainly white coloured head which was very interesting to see! Our ladybirds have gone to their new home in Mrs Western's garden, where she is having trouble with many aphids eating all of her plants! I am sure they will love their new home and the food it offers them - "yummy!"

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