|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.