Boys and girls alike marveled at the tiny polka-dotted creatures crawling in their cupped hands before setting them loose in the Phoenix Charter School garden. The 12 elementary school students gathered Tuesday to talk and learn about helpful and harmful garden bugs at the charter school’s “Kids Earth Connect” summer day camp. Students flitted through the garden capturing about 100 plant-eating cucumber beetles before delivering handfuls of beetle larvae-eating ladybugs at the base of the garden’s plants. “It was awesome. I had fun,” said Naomi Callahan, 9, of Green. The ladybug release came during the camp’s Plant and Bug Week. …
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