New for 2018! Recommended for ages 10+
This living kit includes an extensive Resource Guide (PDF format for easy download) filled with various STEAM activities about the five MicroBugs and Ladybugs. Each kit also includes two petri dishes, two LiveSlides, two concavity slides, 10 coverslips, and two pipettes.
The five MicroBug LiveSlides include cultures of Amoeba, Blepharisma, Euglena, Paramecium, and Stentor. The innovative, unbreakable polypropylene containers allow users to view protists without microscope slides, coverslips, or droppers. Simply place a LiveSlide under the hand-held digital microscope. The tapered end of the container is filled with organisms. Cultures remain viable for several days in a LiveSlide and the LiveSlides are reusable.
Further enhance and expand the study of living life cycles with ladybugs. Ladybugs are well-known as beneficial insects and can be observed for their feeding behavior and used for biological control studies.
- Adults and Larvae are both easy to maintain
- Larvae come with all the food they’ll need to grow into adults
- Watch the ladybug life-cycle in your classroom
Ladybug Larvae will eat, grow, and molt for about a week to 10 days. Once they have stored enough energy, they will attach themselves to the walls and floor of their habitat to begin the pupal stage of their lives. After approximately 5 days, the adult ladybugs will emerge from the pupas.
Adult ladybugs will then rely on you to provide them with food. Simply soak one or two raisins in water for about 5 minutes and then blot them on a paper towel. Cut them in half and drop them in the ladybug habitat. Repeat once the raisins have disappeared and make sure your ladybugs always have access to clean water.
If you have any plants outdoors that may be bothered by aphids, drop a few aphid-infested leaves in the habitat as well, as these are a real treat for ladybugs.
This kit offers perishable materials and, to make it more convenient, we partner with Ward’s Science, a leader in shipping live materials, so your specimens are ready when you are. Simply redeem the coupon enclosed in the kit either online or by phone. Shipping is prepaid and please allow 5-7 days for delivery. Deliveries are scheduled for Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.
Packaging information: Adult ladybugs will arrive in a plastic vial with starter food. Ladybug larvae will arrive in a plastic shipping tube complete with nutritious food.