Ladybugs: A Farmer's Friend

Contributor: Ann Keeney. Lesson ID: 11552

"Ladybug, ladybug, sitting on my plant; why are you more colorful than an ant?" OK, this is not a poetry lesson, but you will watch videos and do online work to learn about this pretty and useful bug!


Life Science

learning style
personality style
Grade Level
Intermediate (3-5)
Lesson Type
Dig Deeper

Lesson Plan - Get It!


Have you ever seen a ladybug? Why do most people think ladybugs are friendly?


Every insect has a purpose in the lifecycle.

Believe it or not, the world would be affected negatively if insects died off. Their role helps keep nature balanced. From eating dead plants, to helping flowers grow, and even being food for other animals, insects are very important.

Some bugs are known for their appearance, which involves more than what we see. For instance, ladybugs are easy to identify because of their color and spots, but did you know their appearance is for self-defense?

  • Why would a cute little bug like the ladybug need something to defend it?

Visit National Geographic Kids' Ladybug site to learn more about these colorful creatures!

In your notebook, answer these questions:

  • How many species of ladybugs are there?
  • What colors do ladybugs come in?
  • What are three different types of ladybugs? Name a unique quality about each.

Then, watch this Why Do Ladybugs Have Spots ? - Interesting Facts About Insects - Kids Video Show video:


  • What have you learned about ladybugs?
  • Has your impression of ladybugs changed?

Record your answers in your notebook, then fly on over to the Got It? section to learn more fascinating facts!

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