Praying Mantises

The Otters have been learning and caring for praying mantis egg cases or oothecas for the past 4 weeks. At the beginning of this week, the class was delighted to discover that tiny praying mantis nymphs have hatched from one of the oothecas. We spent this afternoon studying, sketching, and discussing praying mantises. We were able to learn about the 3 stages in a praying mantis life, the ootheca, nymph, then adult stages. Some of the children discovered that a couple of the praying mantis nymphs have already molted because of the thin, dried evidence left on the side of the terrarium. We will continue our study of Praying mantises and other insects into next week.