Last summer, we did our butterfly metamorphosis project that was fun and educational to do.
Beginning of this week, I impulsively decided to start a praying mantis metamorphosis project. It wasn’t on our radar since they’re only available for a limited time. But Insect Lore, the company where we usually purchase our bug experiments’ supplies, announced they’re selling egg pouches for only a few days. This is a new one for us, so without hesitation, I ordered them right away.
It arrived this morning: a small netted habitat, egg pouches (2) called ootheca, instruction leaflet, and life cycle figurines. According to the hatching instructions, it’ll take 12 weeks for the nymphs to hatch. That timing depends for each egg case: some customer reviews said their nymphs hatched in a matter of days. 1 egg pouch hatches 75-200 hatchling. We have 2 egg cases, so if they’re both successful, we’re going to have hundreds of them.
Really we want to have a cuddly pet, but with our allergies, sporadic hospital experiences, and Chris’ staunch opposition, we play around with insects and fish. Maybe when the kiddos get older, we could reconsider!
In the meantime, we love our crawling critters and swimming lovelies.
Categories: Random Thoughts
Welcome to my blog! My name is Esther and I'm so happy you are here. I'm an avid nature photographer and a daydreaming thinker. My posts revolve around photos of nature's beauty, homeschooling adventures with my 2 kids, sporadic reflections on my child's heart condition, Bible reading reflections, gardening feats, and other mish mash things. Hopefully you'll leave encouraged, pensive, or smiling at the simple things of life. Thank you for stopping by and hope you'll find some interesting posts to read!