Peoria students release 100,000 ladybugs to celebrate Earth Day

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PEORIA, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

More than 200 Peoria students celebrated the upcoming Earth Day (April 22) in a very special way this Tuesday morning.

The kids gathered at the Vistancia master-planned community in Peoria to release some 100,000 ladybugs!

The children distributed ladybugs by the handful over plants, flowers and shrubs, after first learning some fun facts about the bugs.

Ladybugs act as an environmentally-friendly means of controlling the insect population. Vistancia utilizes this non-chemical method to control insects that damage plants, promoting organic gardening practices.

In spite of its diminutive stature, one ladybug can eat more than 60 aphids per day, and 5,000 in a lifetime. Six generations of ladybugs may be hatched within a year.

A costumed “Lola the Ladybug” and “Mr. Buzzz” joined in the fun and led the kids in some songs and dances.

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