Posts tagged ‘Front Legs’

Do insects have ears?

Yes. Many insects have ears, although they do not look much like ours.  The ears of many insects are not on their heads.  Crickets and katydids have their ears on their front legs.  Each ear looks like a little patch of cellophane.

The ears are actually membranes that work something like our eardrums.  Moths and grass hoppers catch sound on their abdomens.  Most insects can hear only the high-pitched sounds similar to those they make themselves.–Dick Rogers

What is a sea cow?

Sea cow are large water animals that look somewhat like seals.  “Sea cow” is the popular name for the manatee and dugong, which are sea animals that look somewhat like a large seals.

The sea cow is an awkward, slow-moving animal with no hind legs.  Its front legs are paddle-shaped and it has a broad, shovel-like tail.

A very large sea cow would weigh more than 1,500 pounds.   Sea cows prefer to live quietly in warm, shallow bays and coastal waters, and in certain large rivers.

Sea Cow

They feed on water plants growing in the shallow water, and are often seen in small herds, browsing like real cattle grazing.

Since they are mammals, they must hold their breath under water, and come to the surface often to breathe.

The mother sea cow feeds her baby mild.  The baby called a calf, is born under water.

The mother pushes her newborn infant to the surface for its first breath of air.  She carries the little animal on her back so that it is above water, then dunks it repeatedly until it learns to breathe correctly.  – Dick Rogers

What is a praying mantis?


The praying mantis (or mantid) is a long, slender insect that often sits in an upright position with its large front legs meekly folded beneath its bowed head as if it were saying its prayers.

But the mantid is not praying at all:  no, indeed!  It would be nearer the truth to call it a “Preying mantis,’ for the mantid is really preying.  This fearsome creature preys on other insects.

Hidden by its green color, the praying mantid sits motionless in wall among leaves with its body raised in its hunting position, ready to snap at the first insect that comes by.

When a fly, or other insect, wanders within striking range, the mantid reaches out its barbed, tap like front legs in a lightning attack and grabs its victim in a viselike grip.

The mantid is useful to man because it greedily devours mosquitoes, flies, and many other insect pests.

Some people imagine that the mantid’s upright posture suggests a fearing horse.  For this reason the mantid is sometimes called mantid is sometimes called a “rearhorse.” – Dick Rogers

Did you know that a tadpole becomes a frog?

The common pond frog’s life begins in a quiet pond as one of many jelly-like eggs laid together in a mass by the mother frog.

In a few days, the egg hatched into a tiny, legless tadpole that breathes with gills, as fish do.  it has a long tail which it uses for swimming, and eat plants that grow in the water.


As the tadpole grows, first two hind legs and then two front legs appears.  After a time the tail begins to shrink and the tadpole loses its gills and gets lungs instead.

Then the tadpole comes to the surfaces of the water to breath air.

At last its tail disappears and the change is complete.

As a young frog, the creature is now ready to leave the water and begin a life as a hoping land animal.

Most tadpole make the change into frogs in the three months of spring.  Most toads begin life a tadpole, much like frogs do. – Dick Rogers