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I'm a grandmother! [Apr. 28th, 2008|04:41 pm]
To several thousand baby praying mantises.

For some reason, last fall, the two viburnums in the front garden became the nursey of choice -- 18 ootheca (eggcases) laced all through the branches. And lately on warm days, they've been hatching. Thankfully not all at once, but one here and one there. My garden is swarming with them.

They are soooo cute. Little tiny wee monsters. I just love them. I have a mantid thing anyway -- I love a bug that will look you in the eye and interact. These guys mostly just hop away, but they're so darn charming, posturing at each other, roaming and exploring. Yes, and I suppose eating each other, although I haven't seen that yet -- plenty of ant and aphid chomping and THAT makes Grandma happy! Grammy is longing to see one take on a box elder bug or nymph, that would really make my day.

[User Picture]From: queenmaggie
2008-04-28 09:02 pm (UTC)
Oh, I soo <3 that image!
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From: kudrasslipper
2008-04-28 09:15 pm (UTC)
THAT'S AWESOME! I'M TOTALLY coming over!!!!
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[User Picture]From: pyllgrum
2008-04-28 09:32 pm (UTC)
Of course. I would expect nothing less than grandmotherhood when the Powers That Be decide to hatch 1000's of mantids in your yard.

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[User Picture]From: lowlandscot
2008-04-28 09:35 pm (UTC)
Yay mantibabies! I love bugs, especially gruesomely helpful ones. (One of the highlights of the summer is finding the first tomato hornworm with parasitic wasp larvae eating it from the inside out and popping it in a mason jar to gross out the kids.) We have about a dozen....what you said.....on our two Japanese maples but I don't think any have hatched yet. It's colder this far out of the city.

Here is a wee mantis doing a little mantis dance on our porch (for size comparison, that huge black thing next to him is a shutter hinge):

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From: ex_seventhm
2008-04-29 11:58 am (UTC)
It looks like he is smiling & dancing! So cute!

Congratulations on the babies. I think they are very charming. I used to have some in my old garden and loved to just sit and watch them.
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[User Picture]From: mistressfetch
2008-04-29 01:28 pm (UTC)
Ummm care to relocate some of them? I had an aphid problem of vast proportions last year that completely at my cauliflower and broccoli plants..bastards!!

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[User Picture]From: 3fgburner
2008-04-29 04:42 pm (UTC)
Congrats! We're looking forward to our hatching. Only got one eggcase that we know of, but we've had several generations of mantids around our front porch and azaleas, these past umpteen years.
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