The Mantis that Ate New York

September 3, 2008


We’ve had several GIGANTIC praying mantises (manti?) visit our classroom the past couple of days.  No kidding, these things are over four inches long.   I had a boy bring one yesterday and not five minutes after he took it home, a dad brought in an even bigger one that was trying to break into his truck.  We watched the larger one today, and after everybody went home for the day, I set it free on the playground.  I took pictures of him from behind a nearly-closed door, fearing for my safety.

Take me to your leader.

That’s a two-gallon fish tank.  He’s enormous!!!

I’m hungry…

Before you ask, I had a quarter for scale, but he put it in his pocket.

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Lauren Sommerer is a preschool teacher who likes to build prototypes, grow cats, cook things once, save money, reduce, reuse and recycle.

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16 Responses to “The Mantis that Ate New York”

  1. Deanne Said on:

    Funny girl! How did you ever find that??

    He is large and scary-looking. What did the kiddos think of him?


  2. Karla Said on:

    I had one crawl up my window at work one day last week. It was a baby mantis compared to that guy, but it still scared me as bad as when the window washer magically appears.


  3. Peggy Said on:

    Holy Moly!! You could put a leash on that guy & walk him.
    I think you should have kept him as the class pet. Love the way he’s posing for his portrait in the first pic. He must have the brain of a dog…or at least a cat.

    (and HAHA! That clip is hilarious!)


  4. Brad Said on:

    Mantids are your friends. They eat unfriendly bugs in your garden. And unfriendly salespeople who come to your door. Release one near your front porch if you can.


  5. Annette Said on:

    Looks like a stick bug to me.


  6. kiwe Said on:

    It’s a plague, it’s a plague! The apocalypse is coming! The stick bugs are after us.


  7. Deborah Said on:

    I think that means your first snow will be on October 4th. Get your cement blocks and candles ready.


  8. Deanne Said on:

    I’m surprised that nobody else has commented on her easter egg…


  9. Rachel Said on:

    Dip him in chocolate.


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