A Bug/Insect Unit Using Eric Carle Books ~ The Grouchy Ladybug

Ava and I are working our way through a bug/insect unit using Eric Carle books. Homeschoolshare has a bunch of great lapbooks for these books which has been our stemming point. From there we also really like Enchanted Learning and First School for information and printables. Check in over the coming weeks for the rest of this 3 part series to learn more about spiders, crickets and grasshoppers.  We are starting with The Grouchy Ladybug.

A Bug/Insect Unit Using Eric Carle Books: The Grouchy Ladybug from Starts At Eight

Ladybug Facts:

  1. There are over five thousand different species of Ladybugs throughout the world.
  2. The female ladybug is a little larger than the male but not by much.
  3. Ladybugs live about 1-2 years.
  4. Ladybugs are a great source of organic pest control. Their main diet is aphids but they will also eat small insects, moth eggs and pollen.
  5. One ladybug can eat up to 5,000 aphids in it’s lifetime.
  6. A female ladybug can lay anywhere from 20 – 1,000 eggs during a 3-month span in either the spring or summer.
  7. A baby ladybug is called a larva and does not look like an adult ladybug.
  8. Most ladybugs are red, orange or yellow in color. Most have black spots, though some are black with red spots.
  9. The bright colors of a ladybug warn predators that it doesn’t taste good!
  10. Ladybugs need their antennae to smell, touch and taste.

ladybug lapbook

Internet Resources:

  1. FREE The Grouchy Ladybug lapbook
  2. Everything Ladybugs from Enchanted Learning
  3. The Grouchy Ladybug Word Search
  4. FREE Insects and Spiders Coloring Sheets and Letter Printables
  5. Watch a great Ladybug Life Cycle Video: 
  6. For more in-depth insect studies check out this Amanda Bennett Download N Go™ One-Week Unit Study/Lapbook for Grades K – 4:


Strawberry Ladybugs:

Strawberry Ladybugs is a fun and easy recipe for your little ones to put together and eat!

Strawberry Ladybugs

Check out the other books in this unit:

Teach Bugs and Insects Using Eric Carle Books from Starts At Eight