and I was like “Are you kidding?!!? Of COURSE we want it!”
Treyton has always been infatuated with praying mantis’, we have watched hours of videos online of praying mantis vs. you name the prey videos.
Tim brought him home and we researched how to make a good habitat for him. After we put the praying mantis in his home the kids and I went out to catch some bugs. We caught several grasshoppers. We had put one in the cage and then gone out to get some more, when we came back in we found him already munching on the one we had put in. I quick grabbed the camera and got a little on film.
In the past week we have watched him eat at least half a dozen grasshoppers and a moth. We have put other bugs in their too but haven’t seen him eat them (though they are no longer in there). I am thinking he eats more at night when we’re not sitting there staring at him! I had Treyton draw a picture of him in his nature journal, which he did a really great job on. I really appreciated his detail on his arms, which we catch him using a lot to clean his face and head.We did measure him (through the glass) and he’s nearly 4 inches long, which is a nice size for a mantis.
We have had so much fun watching him, it’s seriously amazing. And although I refer to him as a him, we haven’t had the chance to check and see if he’s a he or a she.
UPDATE: I looked it up and it said the easiest way to sex the mantis without having both genders is to count the abdomen parts (which I just so happen to have a picture of for you). The female has 6, the male has 8. Our mantis is typically not up against the glass this clearly, to check out easily, however, from the picture I would guess it’s a “she”.
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