First Graders Hatch Praying Mantis

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First graders hatched Praying Mantis from eggs in Science class recently.  Each praying mantis egg case hatches about 100-200 tiny mantises (nymphs), all at once. "In order to hatch they'll need several weeks of warm weather, so they can "sense" that summer (and pest insects for food) has arrived," explained Mr. Knight. "When hatching, the young crawl from between tiny flaps in the cases and hang from silken threads about 2 inches below the case. After drying out, the long-legged young disperse into the vegetation leaving no evidence of their appearance."
 
Students will be releasing some of their Praying Mantis into the garden at Springs, to help eat the Aphids, a small, destructive leaf-eating insect.