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The Praying Mantis
This gentleman was found just outside our back door. We quickly got a jar to figure out whether "it" was a girl or boy. From reading online we think it is a boy because it did not have a large abdomen. Can you see in the picture how he was looking at the camera?
I took this picture at the neighbors house. My daughter wasn't sure whether or not it was a butterfly or a moth. Here's a link that will help you determine what this little creature is.
Here is an update from one of our fellow homeschoolers, Madeline age 11 1/2
"It is a, "Painted Lady" from the large subfamily of butterflies known as brushfoots (Nymphalinae). A Painted Lady has a white crescent at the front edge of the forewing as compared to other ladies that have orange crescents on them. We highly recommend, "The Butterfly Book" by Donald and Lillian Stokes, 1991, ISBN 0-316-81780-5"
Mr. Squirrel - we found him/her while we were taking our own family pictures. I knew he/she wanted it's picture taken. Thankfully he/she stayed still long enough for me to take the shot. Can you figure out whether this is a girl or boy squirrel?