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I would really like to find several fresh praying mantis egg cases. If you have one (or more), and would be willing to trade-please let me know and we'll see what I have that you might like. Thank you!
Here's my preying mantis story:
I just learned in 2007 what the cases look like.
I brought one home on an aster I bought at Home Depot.
It had a case AND a great big mom on it.
I left them alone to do their thing.
I never saw any babies come from it.
Then last year, I was clearing lots and lots of weeds from an overgrown garden for a friend.
I didn't notice the giant mantis when I put the weeds in the back of my truck, under the camoer shell.
I found her when I got home.
I moved her to a tree.
Next day, she was back in the truck and I moved her again.
Being the procrastinator that I am, the weeds were still in the back of the truck near the end of summer.
She was back in there, too, not looking all so healthy.
I surmised that she'd kept going back to her case even though it was hot as you-know in the back of the truck.
I was careful with her as I moved the weeds to the compost pile.
I never saw her again or any babies.
Don't know if that's the big girl's casing or not. Ya'll she was at least 4" long, I'm not kidding, the biggest I've ever seen. That could be her casing since my wheelbarrow was parked in front of the Cannas for several days after I turned her lose. Bummer, I didn't know it'll wreck the casing if I try to remove it from the handle. And no you can't have my wheelbarrow...lol
Maybe I'll be able to spot another casing...look who else I found Saturday between rains.
I would love to have a few if you find more Heavinscent. I am 9b so would not be too big of a shock.
Nilly do you see swarms of lady bugs in the spring? I have tried to get my brother to vacuum up some and send me but that is not his thing. They do some veg. But I love everything in the garden except poison snakes and don't like spiders. I did see my first Grandaddy long legs last week since I moved to Texas 30 yrs ago. It was good to see him.
I know this thread has been inactive for several months, but I wanted to let everyone know I ordered a mantis egg case from Clean Air Gardening this year and the babies just hatched yesterday! So exciting to see them running around everywhere.
I tied the case to the stem of a large potted plant outside. Took about six weeks for it to get warm enough for them to hatch. I spent most of yesterday evening separating them, since they will eat each other if given the chance and nothing else on the menu!
Fascinating creatures. I hope some of them stick around the yard through their maturity so I can see them. I don't use pesticides, so there should be plenty of bugs for them to munch on.
i've been lurking for a while now and i want the eggs too
i went to the websites that sell them and they are out --i hope some just happen by my garden-and since texas tam lives nearby maybe she can point them in my direction : )