Hey kids! Look who visited my friend Jay yesterday! Looks like something that might be found in my imagination, right?
But it's not. This is a bug called a praying mantis (plural form--mantid). It gets its name because of the
way the front legs are shaped--like they're folded in prayer.
Eating a crunchy wasp might sound gross to us, but it is yummy for a praying
mantis. The mantis is a predatory (pre də to ri) insect, meaning that it must eat other bugs
to survive. Some kinds of mantid even eat small birds, frogs, and other mantids!
Praying mantids are green or brown in color, so they can blend in with leaves, and hide from
their prey. Long spikes grow on their front legs, making it easier for the insect to grab and hold their
Here are some more interesting facts about this marvelous bug:
- Praying mantids are the only insects that can turn their heads at a 180 degree angle.
- They live up to a year, and can be as long as six inches.
- A praying mantis has five eyes--two compound and three simpler ones located between them.
Do YOU have interesting photos or facts you'd like to share? Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Psss...kids. Come closer. It's me, Amelia, and I have a secret I think you'll like.
Debbie has been working hard on my third book--Amelia Frump and the Billion-Cajillion Dollar Secret--and I've talked her into sharing a little bit of it with you. That's what we're supposed to do, right...share?
Tell me what you think!
Fall is my favorite season. I like to walk in the woods, and look at all the different colored leaves. When it's too rainy to go outside, I like to bake cookies, read a book, or solve a puzzle.
Hey...speaking of puzzles...here's a link to some you might enjoy. Just download and print them out. Have fun!
Hi kids! It's me, Amelia.
A few days ago, my friend Joseph went for a walk on a nature trail with his mom and brother. He found this
It's kind of smashed up, but do you know what it is? Here, maybe this picture will help:
It looks a little like a squash plant, doesn't it? If you guessed squash, then you're on the right track. The thing that Joseph found is a type of gourd. Gourds, cucumbers, melons, and squash are all in the plant family Cucurbitaceae.
The gourd that Joseph found has a lot of names. Where he lives, it is called either a "coyote gourd", or a "buffalo gourd". The plant grows in the wild, and does not need very much water. It is found in some parts of the midwestern, southwestern, and western parts of the United States. Some parts of Arkansas are also home to these wild plants.
A long time ago, Native Americans used the roots of the buffalo gourd for medicine, and the seeds for food.
When Joseph's broke the gourd open, this is what they saw:
Neat huh? Joseph was very excited about what he found.
When Joseph is not playing soccer, he likes walking on nature trails. What is your favorite thing to do? Did you ever find anything really neat like this? What was it?
Hi everyone, it's Amelia. You know, the kid with the big imagination. I'm in the book, Amelia Frump and her Peanut Butter Loving, Overactive Imagination.
Wow! It's been a long time since I've been around here, hasn't it? Well, I have so many exciting things to tell you, but Debbie Roppolo will only let me tell you a few. You remember her, don't you? She's the author of all the Amelia Frump books. Here's a picture of her telling some kids about me.
The editor at a very popular website (Leite Culinaria) asked Debbie if she could see my cookbook. The editor liked it, and here's what she said about it on Leite's Culinaria Facebook page:
Call us old-fashioned, but we're really quite smitten with Amelia Frump and Her Peanut Butter Loving, Overactive Imagination is Cooking Up a Peanut Butter Storm. (Say THAT three times fast!) It's a—what else?—peanut butter cookbook for kids with puzzles, mazes, and other head-scratchers. Pencil required.
And speaking of cookbook, did you know that one recipe in it won a trophy at a baking contest? Yep, that's right, it was a recipe for "Polka Dot Brownies".
That same cookbook of mine won an award at the Purple Dragonfly book awards. Here's the picture of that:
So, there's a lot of exciting things happening here, so stay tuned!