“Phyllium bilobatum, male larva” by Drägüs – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Commons
2nd – 4th Grade STEM
Fall is on it’s way & many of the leaves around the country are beginning to change. These leaves, however, are of a different sort.
If you live in South Asia to Australia and look closely, you MIGHT just happen upon one of these great insects that are cleverly disguised as a leaf! They are hard to see, as they REALLY look like leafs.
In order to avoid predators, leaf insects use mimicry to camouflage themselves and take on the appearance of leaves. When walking, they even move in such a way as to mimic a leaf blowing in the wind. They do this so accurately that predators often are not able to distinguish them from real leaves. In some species the edge of the leaf insect’s body even has the appearance of bite marks.
Leaf Insects and Walking Sticks are from the Order Phasmatodea, Phasmids for short.
In the United States, we have what we call Stick Bugs, or Walking Sticks, from the same Family as Leaf Insects. They even make cool pets! We kept one in our homeschool for several months before releasing it.
We used this cool insect as a theme for these math drill pages. They are best for 2nd – 4th grade, but anyone who needs to practice multiplication tables, or review some basic math skills will enjoy them.
We recommend that you set a timer for the multiplication drills, and then have students race to beat their own time. We think that racing, and cool bugs help make math more fun!
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