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Earth Day at Naples Botanical Gardens

Lady bugs lay temporarily dormant in the leaves of a plant after being released by kindergartners from Laurel Oak Elementary School during the Earth Day event at Naples Botanical Gardens on Thursday in East Naples. The lady bugs are kept dormant by placing them in a refrigerator and wake up when they warm up. Children released 9,000 lady bugs in the garden and learned that lady bugs eat other bugs that are harmful to vegetation. the event also included bug tours, wildlife exploration and a tour through the butterfly house. Lexey Swall/Staff

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Lady bugs lay temporarily dormant in the leaves of a plant after being released by kindergartners from Laurel Oak Elementary School during the Earth Day event at Naples Botanical Gardens on Thursday in East Naples. The lady bugs are kept dormant by placing them in a refrigerator and wake up when they warm up. Children released 9,000 lady bugs in the garden and learned that lady bugs eat other bugs that are harmful to vegetation. the event also included bug tours, wildlife exploration and a tour through the butterfly house. Lexey Swall/Staff

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  • Duong Tran, left, tries to get a closer look at a lady bug crawling on his classmate Sebastian Dosa, as they and about half the kindergartners at Laurel Oak Elementary School tour the Naples Botanical Gardens during an Earth Day event Thursday in East Naples. Children released 9,000 lady bugs in the garden and learned that lady bugs eat other bugs that are harmful to vegetation. the event also included bug tours, wildlife exploration and a tour through the butterfly house. Lexey Swall/Staff
  • Lady bugs lay temporarily dormant in the leaves of a plant after being released by kindergartners from Laurel Oak Elementary School during the Earth Day event at Naples Botanical Gardens on Thursday in East Naples. The lady bugs are kept dormant by placing them in a refrigerator and wake up when they warm up. Children released 9,000 lady bugs in the garden and learned that lady bugs eat other bugs that are harmful to vegetation. the event also included bug tours, wildlife exploration and a tour through the butterfly house. Lexey Swall/Staff
  • A scene from an Earth Day event at the Naples Botanical Gardens on Thursday in East Naples. Children released 9,000 lady bugs in the garden and learned that lady bugs eat other bugs that are harmful to vegetation. the event also included bug tours, wildlife exploration and a tour through the butterfly house. Lexey Swall/Staff
  • A scene from an Earth Day event at the Naples Botanical Gardens on Thursday in East Naples. Children released 9,000 lady bugs in the garden and learned that lady bugs eat other bugs that are harmful to vegetation. the event also included bug tours, wildlife exploration and a tour through the butterfly house. Lexey Swall/Staff
  • A scene from an Earth Day event at the Naples Botanical Gardens on Thursday in East Naples. Children released 9,000 lady bugs in the garden and learned that lady bugs eat other bugs that are harmful to vegetation. the event also included bug tours, wildlife exploration and a tour through the butterfly house. Lexey Swall/Staff
  • A scene from an Earth Day event at the Naples Botanical Gardens on Thursday in East Naples. Children released 9,000 lady bugs in the garden and learned that lady bugs eat other bugs that are harmful to vegetation. the event also included bug tours, wildlife exploration and a tour through the butterfly house. Lexey Swall/Staff
  • A scene from an Earth Day event at the Naples Botanical Gardens on Thursday in East Naples. Children released 9,000 lady bugs in the garden and learned that lady bugs eat other bugs that are harmful to vegetation. the event also included bug tours, wildlife exploration and a tour through the butterfly house. Lexey Swall/Staff
  • A scene from an Earth Day event at the Naples Botanical Gardens on Thursday in East Naples. Children released 9,000 lady bugs in the garden and learned that lady bugs eat other bugs that are harmful to vegetation. the event also included bug tours, wildlife exploration and a tour through the butterfly house. Lexey Swall/Staff
  • A scene from an Earth Day event at the Naples Botanical Gardens on Thursday in East Naples. Children released 9,000 lady bugs in the garden and learned that lady bugs eat other bugs that are harmful to vegetation. the event also included bug tours, wildlife exploration and a tour through the butterfly house. Lexey Swall/Staff

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