Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Praying Mantises

Alex had received a praying mantis kit for Christmas 2007. I finally got around to ordering the mantis egg case and it arrived about 3 weeks ago. The egg case is supposed to hatch about 2-4 weeks after you receive it. Well, the hatched Saturday and we had 100-200 baby praying mantises!
We wended up releasing them all as they become cannibalistic if they do not get enough food. That would not be a pretty site! I thought it was neat that they were very spread out and seemed to need a ring of "personal space."
Here's Alex holding one. You can see how tiny they were.

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And, here's a video. We released them in groups all over our yard, so hopefully we'll be seeing them around sometimes!

3 comments:

Robin said...

Sweet! I want to do one of those kits! Very cool. I hope you get to see them all summer.
Btw, you've been quite the busy blogging beaver today, haven't you?....LOL!

live4evermom said...

Whoa they are fast!

Rhonda said...

Wow! Those are just the coolest little mantis! So tiny.

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