By ELISE McKEOWN SKOLNICK
The Kidston classroom at Fellows Riverside Gardens in Mill Creek Metroparks was full of children eager to learn about ladybugs July 11. The class was the first of three preschool classes focused on insects and creatures in the garden.
Scientists believe there are more than 5,000 types of ladybugs, instructor Bridget Beck told the children. She also explained the life cycle of a ladybug, that they eat bugs that are pests to people’s plants, and that they are symmetrical.
The group examined live ladybugs up close, listened to a story, had a snack and made a ladybug craft. They also took a walk around the Family Garden at Fellows to look for the insects.
“I like when they go on my fingers,” said Nina Sinchak of Austintown. She attended with her grandmother, Kathy Adams.
“I think it’s a nice program,” Adams said.
Together, they watched quite a few ladybugs fly around inside two cups taped together with air holes provided for them.
The program seemed perfect for her son, said Sheri Hufnagel of Austintown, so she signed him up.
“He’s really in to catching bugs,” Hufnagel said.
Her son, Zachary Hufnagel, said he had fun learning about ladybugs. He enjoyed his snack of pretzels and strawberries. He likes bugs, he said. He’s been having fun catching lightening bugs in the evening. In particular, he likes how bugs tickle his arm when they walk on him.
Sheri said she loved the program, and that Zachary had fun.
A class on caterpillars will be offered Aug. 17 and 22.