There is a little guy in our house who has developed a serious fascination with ladybugs. I’m not sure where it started but oh my, ladybugs are part of his world and now they are part of ours. We read a LOT of ladybug books! He was a ladybug for Halloween, does not leave the house without his ladybug umbrella and had a ladybug cake for his second birthday.
One of our 2015 New Years Resolutions is to get outside with our kids and spend more time together as a family enjoying nature. So when I found out about the “Ladybug Pajama Party” at Oakland’s Redwood Regional Park, I knew we had a winner.
Each year between November and February, millions of ladybugs converge on Redwood Regional Park in Oakland, California to cluster together, stay warm and mate during the winter months.
It is a dazzling sight to see shining masses of red beauties huddling together. Our kids were delighted with the spotted clusters of ladybugs and for a few minutes we all sat quietly observing and wondering.
- Is there a boss of the ladybugs?
- Are these ladybugs in the same family?
- How do the ladybugs know how to get to the same place each year?
My 4 year-old suggested we that we needed to find out. I guess we’ll be reading more ladybug books. After celebratory hot chocolates and a long conversation with our 4 year-old about why we cannot have ladybugs as pets, we headed home, tired and happy. This hike was a hit! We got to be together outside, sparked even more interest in ladybugs and learned something as well. We’ll definitely do it again next year. If you go, you can ask the ranger on duty for hiking recommendations as there are many clusters of ladybugs scattered throughout the park.
When we got home, we read about ladybugs, watched the KQED Ladybug Pajama Party video and found answers to our questions with these wonderful ladybug books listed below.
Below are some fabulous ladybug books that may inspire your budding entomologist.