Fascinating Facts about Praying Mantis

Where we live there are still lots of Praying Mantis around even though we are in November. Did you know, these very exotic looking insects have triangular heads which can turn 180 degrees, like humans, large eyes AND they can fly! Here’s another interesting fact – they only have one ear, and you will never guess where it is. It is on the underside of their belly in front of its back legs. The ear detects ultrasound, which is the sound that bats make, this is very handy since bats are predators of mantis and try and catch them in …

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Beautiful Butterflies.

Butterflies are beautiful you know. I am watching them from just outside the front door, which Mum and Dad have thoughtfully put a shady porch on so I can sunbathe safely. Nearby is a gigantic bush with long purple flowers on it, it is called a buddleia, and it attracts lots of butterflies. Today it is playing host to some beautiful Swallowtails. Then Mum calls me for our walk around the lakes. I am preoccupied by a particularly interesting scent when suddenly I notice Mum has stopped walking. How do I know? Well, I’ll let you into a little secret. …

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Dragonflies – Natures Aeroplanes

As I walk around the lakes this morning with my Mum, my attention is drawn to a very noisy frog which is sitting on a stone. “Good morning Mr. Frog,” I say, but it just ignores me. Then, suddenly, its tongue darts out and it catches a little fly, and quick as a flash it eats it – well I never, that’s disgusting, I think. Then, above me I hear a droning sound. Looking up, I expect to see the really old plane which Mum and Dad watch come over occasionally. However, instead I see the most ENORMOUS dragonfly. It …

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The Scarlet Darter Dragonfly

Today, walking around the lovely lakes nearby in the sunshine, Toby was happily sniffing around when something bright red caught my eye. There on a piece of reed was a bright red dragonfly.                                 I had never seen a red dragonfly before , so when we arrived home I looked it up and it is a Scarlet Darter. The one  above is a male because it is bright red, and as in most of nature, the males are brighter than the female because they use …

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