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      Kids invited to let Magnolia Plantation's ladybugs fly free

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      CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- If you have little ones who love ladybugs, here's your chance to get up close and personal with the beautiful beetles.Magnolia Plantation and Gardens is recruiting children to help release more than 150,000 ladybugs throughout the 60-acre garden.The fun starts at 9 a.m. on Saturday, July 26.The night before the release the ladybugs will be held in a cool place so they will be less active when they are released.They will be delivered to the park in a Volkswagen Bug."This way, they won't just fly away quickly," Magnolia's Nature Center director Chris Smith said. "They will take to their surroundings a lot easier."{}{}{} Each family will be given a container holding several hundred ladybugs which Smith says are natural predators to harmful insects such as aphids, scale insects and other small insects.Prizes will be awarded for the best ladybug costumes with categories separated by age.Cool Ray, the mascot for the South Carolina Stingrays, will join Magnolia's mascot Eggbert Hopps for the event.A $15 general garden admission is required to participate. Children under six will be admitted free. For details, go to www.magnoliaplantation.com.
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