Real Science and Other Adventures

What’s this minibeast?

 

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Look what I found on the side of my house. There were a few of them on the bricks. It’s a small black insect. The brick’s about 8cm (3 inches) high – so it’s pretty small. If I hadn’t looked closely I would have thought it was an ant!

Up close you can see that it looks just like a praying mantis. It’s a baby praying mantis.

Baby insects that look like their parents are called nymphs. The main difference is that only the adults have wings.

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In this video you can see the mother laying eggs and the babies hatching out. Watch how they come out all folded up in a pod shape and then stretch themselves out.

You can read about insect lifecycles on the Museum Victoria website.

Have a closer look at the minibeasts in your garden – you might be surprised what you find.

Resources:

Sydenham, Shirley. & Thomas, Ron. 2014. Praying Mantis [online] http://www.kidcyber.com.au

Cross-posted to Bedtime Science on the SciFund Challenge network.

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