- Associated Press - Saturday, July 23, 2016

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - Thousands of ladybugs are about to head home.

The third annual Ladybug Release is scheduled for Saturday. That’s when hundreds of children will release about 150,000 of the insects at Magnolia Gardens, the historic plantation on the Ashley River.

Ladybugs are natural predators to harmful smaller insects such as aphids.

A Volkswagen Beetle, painted to resemble a giant ladybug, arrives at the plantation about 10 a.m. to signal the ladybug release.

A ladybug costume contest and nature displays and interactive demonstrations are also planned.

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