We ordered a praying mantis egg case from Insect Lore and it arrived this past week. We are using our butterfly house from last year to house the egg case. Supposedly, it 3-6 weeks we will have a slew of baby praying mantises. I'm hoping that when we release them in our garden, that they will stay and help fight off those pesky aphids that seem to love my flower beds.
Praying mantis egg case
We've ordered the book Praying Mantis by Trace Taylor that should arrive tomorrow, but in the meantime, we have used the websites below to find out more information about the praying mantis.
Research questions for Little J to answer: (you can download the questions below)
Is a praying mantis an insect? How do you know?
What type of eyes does it have? Can it see well?Is it a harmful or beneficial insect? What are its predators?
What does a praying mantis eat? This type of diet is called what?
Is it a diurnal or nocturnal insect?
What is the life cycle of a praying mantis?
Tell me something that you find interesting about the praying mantis.