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New Colorful Praying Mantis Pagoda Pampers Praying Mantis Egg Cases

Insect Lore

SHAFTER, CA – In the months of early autumn, female praying mantids lay their egg cases in the form of a frothy substance that adheres to a branch of a tree or bush. Over the next months, the frothy substance hardens. But the nymphs won’t emerge from the egg case until the following summer. The praying mantis is truly a summer insect, blending with the vibrant greens of flourishing plant life to enjoy the balmy air.

The seasonal availability of these fascinating predators can present a challenge for parents and teachers who want to use the praying mantis as an educational tool. To aid in classroom planning, Insect Lore has created the Praying Mantis Pagoda for 2009. Much like the best-selling Butterfly Garden, Insect Lore’s Praying Mantis Pagoda includes instructions, an activity guide, a colorful habitat and of course, a praying mantis egg case filled with scores of nymphs. With the Praying Mantis Pagoda, children will witness the miraculous transformation that is metamorphosis, learn scientifically pertinent facts and understand the benefit of beneficial, predatory, pest-controlling insects like the mantis.

Insect Lore already offers several other live metamorphosis kits for butterflies, ladybugs, earthworms, frogs, mealworms, ants and silkworms. Insect Lore President John White was asked why he wanted to add another insect to the list. His response: “We want children to learn from as many natural sources as possible. We want to give teachers, parents, grandparents -- whoever is helping to educate kids -- the opportunity to use living examples of nature’s wonders in any setting. In nature, the possibilities are endless; I’d like to emulate that notion in our products.”


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Since its beginnings in 1969, Insect Lore has embraced the concept of creating educational tools that enhance a child’s educational and exploratory experiences. Every new Insect Lore product release has accomplished that goal by magnifying the pool of fun learning tools available to educators in homes and classrooms nationwide. In addition to insect-themed toys, Insect Lore also offers live metamorphosis kits for butterflies, earthworms, ants, ladybugs, silkworms and praying mantids. From their headquarters in California’s San Joaquin Valley, Insect Lore has shipped over 11,000,000 live caterpillars, making it the nation’s largest commercial grower of butterflies.