This week, the kids and I headed out to explore a little nature. Treyton was desperate to catch a grasshopper.
We headed out to the backyard with nothing but our anticipation, camera and nets. Thankfully, the Lord was on our side, and we ended up catching ourselves a common gray grasshopper.
After we put him in the bug house, we headed back to the patio to examine him a little more closely. After about 10 minutes of examining his grasshopper, Treyton came up with the following observations:
- Grasshoppers can jump
- They camouflage
- His feet have “grabbers” like hooks so that he can climb up stuff
- He has a tiny head (and I quote “Like if you were going to play catch with it you would have to be as small as any eyeball. If you were really big, you wouldn’t be able to see it. I’m serious, you’d have to be really small to play catch with his head.”)
- The grasshopper has 2 antennas and 6 legs
- He is mostly gray, with some black spots on his big legs
He also had the following question:
What would happen if a grasshopper and a mantis found one another?
He thought that they would fight one another and that the praying mantis would win. I was able to find this nat geo video that confirmed his thoughts.
He drew a picture of the grasshopper in his nature journal along with his observations (which I recorded for him).