Preying mantis egg case
What's a preying mantis -- a.k.a. praying mantis? Some of you
remember when Steven had a mini-mantid situation.
That's when an egg case he thought empty hatched its contents
indoors. He spent hours trapping and transporting the aggressive
but tiny hatchlings outdoors. Download
What's Coming Up #149 from Ensemble Weekly Editions to
read about it and see his photos of the hunt.
Or you've noticed photos of the mantid who lived in our rosemary
plant one winter. She was
honored on the Home page.
They eat everything they can grab, including butterflies and
young hummingbirds. We're willing to put up with the collateral
damage for all the other targets they take down.
"Willing"? Ha. We have no choice. Mantises have found our yard
to be good hunting habitat and so they are well established. End