Ladybugs flying free at Magnolia Gardens

CHARLESTON, SC – More than 150,000 ladybugs will fly free Saturday, July 25, at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens during the Lowcountry’s largest release of the environmentally friendly insect.

A red Volkswagen beetle, resembling a gigantic ladybug, will arrive at 10 a.m. to signal the start of the ladybug release. Hundreds of children, some dressed in ladybug costumes, will scatter throughout gardens to find the perfect spot to release their share of ladybugs.

Prizes will be awarded for the best ladybug costumes. Categories will be children under two, three to six and seven and older. A face painter will attend the event. Car pooling and early arrival is encouraged. The event ends at 1 p.m.

The popular ladybug is a natural predator to harmful insects such as aphids, scale insects and other small insects.

Some of the groups that will setup nature displays are:

·        Audubon Center at Beidler Forest
·        Clemson Master Gardeners
·        Cypress Gardens, butterfly display
·        Grice Marine Laboratory at the College of Charleston
·        Keep Charleston Beautiful, an anti-litter campaign
·        Keeper of the Wild, a wildlife rescue center
·        Native Plant Society
·        Reptile Innovations
·        Turtle Survival Center

A $15 adult general garden admission is required to participate. The admission for children six to 12 is $10. Children under five are free.

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