This week we are meeting the Orthopterans-grasshoppers and crickets. We are learning about the differences between the two groups, as well as how Orthopterans differ in general from other insects. The Weta Cricket from New Zealand is the largest cricket out there. It's about as big as your hand and weighs as much as three mice! We also watched a neat National Geographic video about how locusts know when to swarm. Locust swarms can do incredible damage (they eat everything, even clothes off the line). In Africa they have learned that if you light big fires, the smoke will confuse the insects, causing them to drop to the ground. And then, of course, the people can eat them instead. We met some live short-horned grasshoppers and raced some house crickets. House crickets are friendly little brown things!
Our delicious projects this week are Cricket Flour Brownies (note the cricket flour came pre-ground; we did not make our own from the little house crickets!).