By now you may have seen that your child brought home a praying mantis nymph in a small vial. They had them at their tables all day so they could observe them up close! I asked the students to release them somewhere that might have small bugs for a praying mantis to eat (perhaps some bushes or a garden in the front or backyard). After the nymph is released, please have your child bring the vial back to school tomorrow. Before releasing it, you might ask your child some questions about what they've learned. Here are a few:
-What are the stages in the praying mantis life cycle?
-What are its important body parts?
-What are the similarities and differences between a praying mantis and butterfly life cycle?
-What do praying mantises eat? How do they eat?