We have praying mantises!!
We have been having so much fun with our ladybugs and butterflies! Now we have praying mantises! I will be totally honest...they creep me out! They are a little pre-historic looking and make my skin crawl. However, I wanted the girls to see these insects and I really tried not to express my dislike towards them:)
Just like our ladybugs, we purchased these at Ace Hardware for around $10. They came in this container with a lid and we have been patiently waiting for them to hatch.
Those large brown sacs are the eggs that hold 50-200 praying mantises each! This container has about 100-400 praying mantises! Wow! UGH! These little creatures are good for the garden...or so they say.
Apparently Audrey had no fear of holding a praying mantis! She was so intrigued and interested in them. She had much more courage than I do, although she pressured me to hold one;)
Our dog was REALLY interested in them, but Sophia was content to watch at a distance with her Daddy.
Although the praying mantises creeped me out, it was neat to see Audrey intrigued in discovering and learning more about them!
This is childhood! This is the joy of hands-on learning! You could learn about them in a textbook, but why? This was FUN! Gross, but fun!