Sunday, November 8, 2009

Creatures I

Faith and Cutie Pie spent a lot of time looking for animals this past week. They collected two kinds of caterpillars, a praying mantis, and a lizard. We didn't have anything to keep the lizard in, so he was set free pretty quickly. We can't find our insect reference book, so we have to use the Internet for identification, which is not as easy as I thought it would be. Feel free to suggest a good insect identification reference book for us to keep on hand.

(Excuse the poor photos, I'm having camera issues.)

Caterpillar #1: Currently unidentified, found Nov 3, released Nov 5

Caterpillar #2: Currently unidentified, found Nov 3, released Nov 5


Praying Mantid: commonly called praying mantis; adult; grayish brown; 2 and a half inches long; eats flies, crickets, honeybees and moths; has compound eyes; can turn his head almost all the way around; found Nov 5; released Nov 5.

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