Thursday, June 10, 2010
It is that time again! You may remember we hatched a mantis egg sac last year for our garden and watched them all summer long. This year we got another sac, and have been excitedly waiting knowing they would hatch any time now. When I heard the rustling late last night over by the canning jar, I knew they had arrived!
From the egg sac hundreds of little mantises hatched and this morning we took them out into the garden and put them in safe spots throughout. The boys were so excited to gently put one at a time on their finger and relocate it to its new leafy home.
While we start with a lot of them, most will be prey until they are big enough to be the top predator in our garden insect hierarchy. The few mantises that make it to full size will feast on the bad bugs in our organic garden...and we love that. And, of course, they are just plain cool to watch.