It’s pretty common to welcome new residents to Kyffin Grove, but it’s not every day that those moving in have wings.

As spring approaches, Kyffin Grove is playing host to ladybug and caterpillar larvae. It's a fun way to kickstart gardening as the weather begins to warm up.

The insects will be released into our new garden at Kyffin Grove's Earth Day Celebration on Sunday, April 22. There, they’ll be a vital part of the new ecosystem. 

“We have a beautiful garden,” said Executive Director Dee Jones. “The ladybugs will help to control the insects that can damage our garden and the butterflies will help us pollinate the plants.”

Ladybugs take about 10 days to fully mature, while the caterpillar larvae will take about three weeks to become beautiful butterflies. “We’ll feed them, give them water, and make sure they are protected from direct sunlight,” said Life Enrichment Director, Michael Mendel, "But other than that, we plan to just enjoy watching them grow.”

Follow along on Kyffin Grove's Facebook page to see our insects grow up and to learn more about our upcoming Earth Day Celebration.