Ladybugs flying free at Magnolia Gardens

  • Friday, July 19, 2013

Magnolia Plantation and Gardens is recruiting Lowcountry children to help release more than 70,000 ladybugs in the gardens.

The insect, which is classified as a bettle, will be set free throughout the 60-acre garden, beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 27.

Each family will be given a container holding several hundred ladybugs.

Chris Smith, Magnolia’s Nature Center director, said ladybugs are natural predators to harmful insects such as aphids, scale insects and other small insects.

The night before the release the ladybugs will be held in a cool place so they will be less active when they are released. “This way, they won’t just fly away quickly,” Smith said. “They will take to their surroundings a lot easier.”

A $15 general garden admission is required to participate. Children under 6 will be admitted free. For details, go to www.magnoliaplantation.com.

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