12 October 2011

Trivia Learned

We spotted this praying mantis as we were coming in through the glass doors.  Chris said that some bird was chasing it when it ran smack against the glass. 

Of course, we lingered a bit so that the kids could get a better look at it.  Then the questions started.

Why is it called a praying mantis?
(…named for its prominent front legs, which are bent and held together at an angle that suggests the position of prayer.)

What does it eat?
(Moths, crickets, grasshoppers, flies, and other insects…  They also eat others of their own kind. The most famous example of this is the notorious mating behavior of the adult female, who sometimes eats her mate just after—or even during—mating.)


Insects do not interest me beyond the fact that some of them are fascinating to photograph.   I would not have bothered to look up the answers if they had not asked.  I would not even have wondered about the praying mantis.   But because my children did ask, I now am a little more knowledgeable about something of which I’d practically zero knowledge previously. 

Having children has helped me grow, every day, in so many ways… and I am so thankful for that.

(Answers from from National Geographic)



tinajo said...

I´m so sure having kids made my brain grow..! :-D Cool insect though, they are fun to capture on photo! :-)

Brandy@momwich said...

Being on the otherside of the window would have given the perfect opportunity to see it's face - I love their faces, so cartoonish!

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