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They Hatched, Praying Mantis

They Hatched!
I bought my praying mantis eggs about two months ago. The first batch were eaten by mice. The second batch I had assumed had hatched and fled. But while I was watering my plants today I spotted a mass exodus of praying mantis. The majority of them were jumping out of the pot and looking for a place of their own. I dumped one or two in the tomatoes and one in the raised bed. When I left to go back to work there were still plenty of them in the original pot. I assume there was going to be a major battle royal after I left.

Look closely, and you can spot a few.

They Hatched! Praying Mantis EGG


4 Responses to “They Hatched, Praying Mantis”

  1. How sweet! They are so adorable! I have a blogger friend over at http://www.bugsafari.blogspot.com who absolutely adores mantids! I will send her over to have a look at yours!!!

    Posted by Julie | June 11, 2009, 7:24 pm
  2. Hi, I was directed here by Julie, because she knows I like mantids. Congrats on the hatching, and I will also say that I like your leaf-themed blog design.

    Posted by Cindy | June 11, 2009, 8:02 pm
  3. Very cool! We had one living on our deck last year, but I never managed to catch him in a photo. Lots of close calls, but he always managed to escape me.

    Posted by Burgh Baby | June 12, 2009, 11:00 am
  4. Wow! That is so cool. Where did you get the eggs? Did you have to order them online or did you buy them at a local nursery? (I found your blog via sacramentogardening.com.)

    Posted by Becky | June 28, 2009, 1:57 pm

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