It was a warm autumn day on Tuesday, October 16th, 2012. I was minding my own business, basking in the warmth of the sun, when a loud noise started to get closer and closer. Before I knew it, I could hardly contain my fright, when I was suddenly blown to the ground by something I have now learned to be called a "leaf blower". My wings became injured (not that I could fly due to the large size of my abdomen) and I was soon picked up by a human hand. I heard several voices of children over the next few hours, but they safely put me back to my resting place...probably thinking I would be left to die.

Soon enough, it was nighttime and I was settling into a slumber. At first I thought I was having a nightmare of those same children coming back to haunt me in my dreams, but to no avail, they were back. For real. Sigh...couldn't I just have some peace and quiet? This time, a girl picked me up and carried me across the street to where I heard even more commotion. The next thing I knew the girl and 2 young boys were putting me in some kind of a netted cage where I sat through the night.

The following morning, I was transported by some large moving machine and brought into yet a new environment. Soon, I was hearing hundreds of children's voices. Luckily, a nice lady, brought me into a quieter room. I have since learned that this nice lady is Mrs. Curtis. Turns out, she was going to bring me to her classroom to "share" with her students. However, it was quickly decided that I would become the classroom pet.

By the next day, I was moved into a new habitat that was actually quite cozy. I guess this is my new home and I pretty much think it's a safe place to be. The temperature is always the same so I never even have to worry about getting too cold at night. I might actually survive this cold Wisconsin winter weather! I have a plentiful supply of crickets, though I am getting a little bored with the taste. Perhaps they will treat me with some other insects as that is what I seem to be missing large variety of food options in the wild.

Thanks for reading and check back often for updates. There has been some excitement around here since I first came and I can't wait to share that with you!

Yours truly,

Mrs. Grade's Class
10/26/2012 04:49:02 am

Wow! What a great video....and kind of creepy. It was great timing because our class just read an article called "Deadliest Predators", and the praying mantis was one of the predators. Thanks for sharing with us. How cool!

Mrs. Curtis
10/26/2012 06:46:26 am

So glad the timing was right! We've been having a lot of fun with this!

Brian Krajewski
10/26/2012 06:12:02 am

Nicely done website and fantastic learning opportunities for all. I'm so glad you chose to work at our school and hope you're here for a long time!

Mrs. Curtis
10/26/2012 06:47:10 am

Thanks Brian! I am happy to be here! :)

10/21/2017 04:56:04 am

So if she's laying and eggs sac that means she mated?


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    Mrs. Curtis is a teacher with a passion for connecting kids to their learning and taking advantage of teachable moments...such as learning about our new friend, Bolt.


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