by Michele Reyzer; photos by Mark Godfrey
Do you love bugs? Then you’ll have lots of fun making—and eating—these tasty treats. Bug appétit!
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With an adult’s help, cut four wing shapes from cantaloupe and four wing shapes from honeydew melon. Arrange them on a plate, as shown. Place a column of blueberries between each set of wings. For the sun, add half an orange slice surrounded by strips of orange rind. If you want, add cauliflower clouds to the scene.
PEAS-FUL PRAYING MANTIS
Place a large snow pea pod in the center of your plate. For the legs, tuck two smaller pea pods underneath. Cut off both ends of another pod and place these pieces below each leg, as shown. To create spiky spines, snip small notches in the legs with scissors. Add a triangle-shaped green pepper head. Cut two eye circles and two antenna strips from another pea pod, then arrange them as shown. Set two peas on the eye circles. Place lettuce around the mantis. To create the sun, use a round carrot slice and shredded carrots.
For the head and body, place one cherry and three grapes on a plate, as shown. Add four triangle-shaped slices of watermelon to create wings. Cut two grapes and three blueberries in half. Arrange them on the watermelon wings. For antennas, use a toothpick to push an extra cherry stem into the top of the head.
APHIDS AND ANT ON A PLANT
Place two sticks of celery on a plate. Fill the celery with corn kernels. (These are the aphids.) For the ant’s head and body, attach two cherries and one large grape together with toothpicks, as shown. Push another cherry stem into the top of the head to create antennas. Add six chow mein noodle legs.
NATURE NOTE: You may see some tiny insects called aphids (AY-fidz) on plant stems. They suck juice from the plants for food. Some ants watch over the aphids and protect them from enemies. The ants also “milk” the aphids. Want to know more? Go to nwf.org/aphids online.