Monday, August 02, 2010

GEHC Offers Special Program on Lady Beetles

These well known garden friends are known by many names including lady bug, lady cow, lady beetle and lady fly. Tradition says that if you catch one, it will bring good luck.

Join your friends and neighbors at the Gwinnett Environmental & Heritage Center on all Saturdays in August as we celebrate everyone’s favorite insect: the lady beetle.

“While it is loved by children for its bright colors and spots, the lady beetle is actually loved by farmers for its appetite,” says Jason West, Director of Development for the Gwinnett Environmental & Heritage Center Foundation. “The lady beetle eats plant eating insects and is a great protector of crops, so it plays an important role in our food production.”

Education specialists will be on hand at the Gwinnett Environmental & Heritage Center every Saturday in August to promote the lady beetle.

“We want people to come see, touch and learn more about this fascinating insect,” says West. “You can meet live lady beetles, do lady beetle crafts, and help release them into the wild to protect our gardens from pests.”

The lady beetle program will be on-going through out each Saturday in August at the following times:

10:30 AM
12:30 PM
2:30 PM

The program is included with admission to the Center and is FREE for Gwinnett Environmental & Heritage Center Members.

For more information about the lady beetle programs or the Gwinnett Environmental & Heritage Center, visit www.gwinnettehc.org.

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