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The Flight of the Ladybugs at Grand Ridge Elementary

Posted by User Not Found on 29 April, 2015

Ecstatic first graders lined up during recess as they collected containers filled with ladybugs to add to the Grand Ridge Elementary School Grizzly Patch Learning Garden. After a brief introduction about ladybugs, they eagerly added their own to various garden beds and watched as the bugs grew accustom to their new homes. Many students questioned Russ Ayers, Issaquah Highlands Community Association (IHCA) Landscape Manager, about the ladybugs spots and gender. Russ and his team were only too happy to answer as many questions as possible about ladybugs.

Russ and the IHCA donated 18,000 ladybugs to Grand Ridge as part of their earth-friendly, sustainable, landscape management practices. “We always try to take the least toxic approach in our landscaping practices,” shared Russ, “Ladybugs are natural enemies of many insects and they don’t sting, bite, or buzz.”

This was the first time the IHCA has partnered with Grand Ridge and they were excited to allow all students an opportunity to release ladybugs during their recess on April 22, Earth Day.