One fall, in my early years of teaching Elementary School, I built a terrarium creating a closed ecosystem for my classroom. We included dirt, gravel, chunks of grass, rocks and sticks. We found a large preying mantis on the schoolyard and put it in the tank, along with a toad, earthworms, moths, pill bugs, and crickets. The students really enjoyed watching all the activity in the tank.
The crickets in the tank made their chirping sounds as we went about our school day. Little did they know the mantis sitting silently up on the dead branch was waiting patiently for her chance to grab one of them for lunch. When the mantis caught one, the children watched in awe as she systematically devoured the cricket. She was preparing to create her egg sac!
Cricket’s soulful sound
Chirping last mating song __
Fall mantis waiting
Photo: Dwight L. Roth
Victoria at d’Verse gave us crickets as our prompt for Haibun Monday. Crickets are an indication that fall is on the way once more. I decided to share how crickets contribute to my classroom during my teaching day back in the 1970’s
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