We have tried to introduce more helper insects to our yard in hopes that they will reproduce and create natural pest control. One insect we wanted to introduce is the Praying Mantis. Not to long ago I ordered praying mantis egg pods online. This is what the egg cases looked like. They came with a little white hatching bag with a window for observation.
While waiting for them to hatch, I looked into the insect a little more. Here are some new things I have learned about the Praying Mantis
- If you are calling the Praying Mantis, a Praying Mantis you would be wrong. They are actually called Praying Mantids. Mantis is the Genus. (I have called them the wrong thing since the in third grade!)
- Praying Matids can turn their head 180 degrees.
- Like that scary movie…only bug style!
- Praying Mantids have 5 eyes two big ones and three little ones in-between the big ones.
- Turns out they aren’t praying after all. Thier legs are covered in spikes and they use them ninja style to attack and hold prey in the blink of an eye.
- The female Mantid eats the male sometimes during mating (he is not the romantic type).
- Baby Mantids are called Nymphs.
- They only live about a year.
I awaited their hatch for what seemed like forever!
They actually finished hatching at 11pm Easter Sunday. So there we were, in the dark setting a ninja army of bug assassins loose in the garden. Two days later and all are doing well in the garden, just in time for gnat fly season too!
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