Praying Mantises: Hungry Insect Heroes

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Look quickly and you might just see one of nature's insect heroes on the hunt?praying mantises! With their incredible hunting skills, mantises help rid farms and gardens of insect pests that bother humans. Praying mantises have big eyes that face forward, heads that can turn, and spines on their front legs to spear their prey. And they are stealthy. Even tiny newly hatched mantises know how to remain still and hide until a prey insect appears. Then?like lightning? the mantis strikes! In this exciting book, you ...
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Look quickly and you might just see one of nature's insect heroes on the hunt—praying mantises! With their incredible hunting skills, mantises help rid farms and gardens of insect pests that bother humans. Praying mantises have big eyes that face forward, heads that can turn, and spines on their front legs to spear their prey. And they are stealthy. Even tiny newly hatched mantises know how to remain still and hide until a prey insect appears. Then—like lightning— the mantis strikes! In this exciting book, you can learn what makes a praying mantis similar to and different from other insects. Close-up photographs and diagrams reveal extraordinary details about mantis bodies, both inside and out. And you can perform an activity that helps you understand just how quickly praying mantises can react while hunting. Are you faster than a mantis? Learn more about this heroic member of nature's fascinating Insect World!
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
AGERANGE: Ages 8 to 11.

Get up close and learn about praying mantises from the "Insect World" series. Find out why this insect is one of nature's heroes. After a general description that identifies the praying mantis as an insect based on its features, the external and internal parts of the mantis are labeled and described. Then, the life of the praying mantis is explained, including the incomplete metamorphic stages; the creature emerges from an egg as a hungry nymph and begins to catch food with its swift and spiny front legs. The praying mantis must exercise caution or it will be a meal for a hungry predator. Hexagon boxes throughout the book include fascinating facts about the praying mantis. The many, color photographs of the praying mantis are impressive and help to illustrate how this insect can cleverly disguise itself. Included in the back of the book is some information about other helpful insects, two activities to try out, and resources for learning more about the praying mantis. Reviewer: Carrie Hane Hung

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780822573005
  • Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 3/28/2008
  • Series: Insect World Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 48
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 780L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 7.34 (w) x 9.28 (h) x 0.39 (d)

Meet the Author

Sandra Markle is the author of numerous critically-acclaimed science books for children. A nationally known science education consultant and a former elementary school science teacher, Ms. Markle also authored the award-winning Animal Predator and Animal Scavenger series for Lerner Publications. She lives in New Zealand with her husband.
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Table of Contents

Insect World     4
Outside and Inside     6
Becoming an Adult     10
Hatching Nymphs     12
Adult Appetites     26
Defenses Against Enemies     30
Mantises and Other Insect Heroes     40
Glossary     42
Digging Deeper     44
Praying Mantis Activities     46
Index     48
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