Final Ladybug Release of the Summer


"Ladybug, ladybug, fly away home."

That's what kids at the Brookfield Zoo will be hearing tomorrow at the final ladybug release of the season.

The Food for Thought Regional Advertising Group has been 'spot-on' this summer with their sponsorship of a series of Ladybug Releases at the Brookfield Zoo inLadybugins Chicago. This fun, learning event has taken place each Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at 2:30 p.m., between Memorial Day and Labor Day. That's when the staff at Brookfield Zoo releases nearly 10,000 ladybugs in front of the Hamill Family Play Zoo, for children and other zoo guests to see.

Farm Bureau has been the primary sponsor of the event. The zoo staff talks to children about agriculture in Illinois and the connection between ladybugs and agriculture.

There have been approximately 39 ladybug release events throughout the summer, which equates to just under 400,000 ladybugs, and countless opportunities to educate young minds and eager parents about helpful insects and agriculture in Illinois.

Let's test your ladybug knowledge:

Q: How did ladybugs get their name?

A: Ladybugs actually got their name because of aphid consumption on flax crops in the Middle Ages.  The bug is called a ladybug because farmers prayed to the Virgin Mary for help and when the beneficial ladybugs showed up, in answer to their prayers they assumed, they were called our lady’s bug or ladybug as we say today.

 –Tom Turpin, Entomologist, Purdue University

Food for Thought Regional Ad Group Counties:

  • Bureau
  • Cook
  • DeKalb
  • DuPage
  • Ford-Iroquois
  • Grundy
  • Kane
  • Kankakee
  • Kendall
  • Lake
  • LaSalle
  • Lee
  • Livingston
  • Mason County
  • McHenry
  • McLean
  • Mercer
  • Will
  • Winnebago-Boone

Learn more about the Regional Advertising Groups and what they do for agriculture at

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Brookfield Zoo

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More on Agriculture

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Regional Advertising Groups

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Fun Facts about Ladybugs!

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