So, what is your favorite insect? Butterfly? Lightning Bug? I have a favorite which is a Ladybug!

Ladybugs are really cool and helpful in our gardens. Let’s learn some facts about this really neat insect.

Ladybug Facts:

  • There are over 5,000 species of ladybugs!
  • They are often referred to as Ladybird bugs or Lady Beetles.
  • These bugs are a gardener’s favorite as they eat aphids and other plant pests, over 5,000 of them during their lifetime.
  • They are typically red or orange, and some have spots.
  • They lay eggs on leaves and then go into a pupa phase and then hatch as ladybugs
  • They hibernate over the winter in large groups.
  • Their bright colors serve as a warning to birds and other predators that they don’t taste good to eat!


  • Red Construction Paper
  • Black Construction Paper
  • Googly Eyes
  • Black Pipe Cleaner
  • Glue or Glue Stick
  • Black Marker
  • Scissors

Ladybug Craft

Step 1: Print out the template. Download the ladybug template here.

Step 2: Cut out the template.

Step 3: Trace the body and head on the black construction paper and the wings on the red construction paper.

Step 4: Cut out all of the ladybug parts.

Step 5: Glue the wings on the body at an angle.

Step 6: Glue the head on the body.

Step 7: Glue on the eyes.

Step 8: Add dots on the wings (As many as you want)!

Step 9: Fold the pipe cleaner into a V and curl the ends to make antennae.

(Librarian Tip: you may want to trim down the pipe cleaner into smaller pieces).

Step 10: Glue the pipe cleaner antennae on the ladybug.

(Librarian Tip: you may opt to tape the antennae on instead of using glue).

Check Out These Books on Ladybugs!

Are You a Ladybug? by Judy Allen

Ladybugs by Gail Gibbons

The Life Cycle of a Ladybug by Ruth Thomson