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green76thumb
Radford, VA
(Zone 7a)

September 18, 2009
7:03 AM

Post #7076707

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!

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green76thumb
Radford, VA
(Zone 7a)

September 18, 2009
7:04 AM

Post #7076708

others look like this (you'll need to click on it to see the entire case):

This message was edited Sep 18, 2009 3:05 AM

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nilly
Pittsburgh, PA
(Zone 5b)

September 19, 2009
4:55 PM

Post #7081240

Can they survive without a mom tending them?
green76thumb
Radford, VA
(Zone 7a)

September 20, 2009
7:23 PM

Post #7084734

Oh yeah. they sell them online. I have a suspicion that the mom tending them would consist of a big breakfast for her. :\ Do you have any experience with them?
CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

September 20, 2009
10:06 PM

Post #7085256

Where should I look for them?
green76thumb
Radford, VA
(Zone 7a)

September 21, 2009
6:04 AM

Post #7086518

On bushes and trees, I guess.
nilly
Pittsburgh, PA
(Zone 5b)

September 21, 2009
2:26 PM

Post #7087313

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.

What DO they do, anyway?
green76thumb
Radford, VA
(Zone 7a)

September 21, 2009
10:19 PM

Post #7089024

hmm. I don't know a lot about their behavior, but they are fierce predators of just about anything that moves.
FruitOfTheVine
Blue Ridge Mtns, VA
(Zone 7a)

September 27, 2009
3:56 AM

Post #7108349

That's a really neat recall, nilly.

green76thumb, I think I may have a PM egg case for you that's under one of the wooden arms of my wheelbarrow...if it's still there when it stops raining I'll post a pic.

Last month I bought a bunch of perennials and this gal was my 'bonus'. She literally jumped out of the backseat when I unloaded the plants and I carefully relocated her to my Cannas.

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green76thumb
Radford, VA
(Zone 7a)

September 27, 2009
4:18 AM

Post #7108376

That would be great FOTV. (Isn't this rain great too?)
FruitOfTheVine
Blue Ridge Mtns, VA
(Zone 7a)

September 27, 2009
8:49 PM

Post #7110197

You bet it was, especially after a dry month. Looks like we're "neighbors" in the greater scheme of things...lol

Is this one?

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CajuninKy
Biggs, KY
(Zone 6a)

September 28, 2009
3:52 AM

Post #7111450

Love how she is looking at the camera.
green76thumb
Radford, VA
(Zone 7a)

September 28, 2009
9:12 AM

Post #7111770

It looks like it to me. And, looking at her abdomen, I'd say the picture of her was taken before you found the egg case?
nilly
Pittsburgh, PA
(Zone 5b)

September 28, 2009
4:26 PM

Post #7112764

FruitOfTheVine - thanks for liking the recall. I felt just horrid though, as I felt I'd caused her a lot of pain by taking so long to move the weeds.

Does anyone know if my guess was right that she stayed to tend her case? If so, it'll certainly change my behavior in the future!
FruitOfTheVine
Blue Ridge Mtns, VA
(Zone 7a)

September 28, 2009
8:44 PM

Post #7113758

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.

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green76thumb
Radford, VA
(Zone 7a)

September 29, 2009
2:01 AM

Post #7114902

awww . . . how cute!

Joy

Joy
Kalama, WA
(Zone 8b)

October 14, 2009
8:36 AM

Post #7167171

I thought you all might be interested in seeing this video.

Praying Mantis egg case hatching out.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fJoNzO0iNVQ
green76thumb
Radford, VA
(Zone 7a)

October 14, 2009
8:54 AM

Post #7167183

Pretty wild, huh?
FruitOfTheVine
Blue Ridge Mtns, VA
(Zone 7a)

October 17, 2009
1:13 PM

Post #7178881

Cool critters!
Was anyone able to send you cases?

green76thumb
Radford, VA
(Zone 7a)

October 18, 2009
3:59 AM

Post #7181397

no
gardengus
Flora, IN
(Zone 5a)

October 19, 2009
1:03 AM

Post #7184121

It may bee early for cases, I have only seen fat females so far.
nilly
Pittsburgh, PA
(Zone 5b)

October 19, 2009
6:31 PM

Post #7186788

I usually run into one or two during a season, I'll keep an eye out for you - it's cold here already, though. Might be awhile!
green76thumb
Radford, VA
(Zone 7a)

October 19, 2009
6:42 PM

Post #7186833

thanks!
nilly
Pittsburgh, PA
(Zone 5b)

October 19, 2009
7:10 PM

Post #7186929

No prob.
I put you in my trade tracker for it so I don't forget!
FruitOfTheVine
Blue Ridge Mtns, VA
(Zone 7a)

October 19, 2009
11:04 PM

Post #7187806

How bout that first frost we had in VA last night? At least here.

nilly
Pittsburgh, PA
(Zone 5b)

October 20, 2009
6:08 PM

Post #7190345

It sucked!

I was NOT ready! Had dragged some things into the basement but couldn't fit everything that needed protecting... Several things seem to have survived it, though.

I've been behind since Spring!

Glad to have a few days here to try to catch up before the deep freeze comes to stay!.

meadowyck

meadowyck
Brooksville, FL
(Zone 9a)

October 21, 2009
3:55 AM

Post #7192373

How do you get them to stay in your garden... do they like jap beetles???? LOL

I would love to have them in my garden, does anyone have a link to where you can purchase them from?

thanks

Janet
green76thumb
Radford, VA
(Zone 7a)

October 21, 2009
7:05 AM

Post #7192610

We had a freeze here.
Heavinscent
South West, LA
(Zone 9a)

November 22, 2009
9:47 PM

Post #7300612

Did you ever get any egg cases? I found several walking thru the fields the other day. I could send you a few it you like.

meadowyck

meadowyck
Brooksville, FL
(Zone 9a)

November 23, 2009
3:25 AM

Post #7301693

I don't know what to do with them to keep them alive during our terrible winter here?

Janet
Heavinscent
South West, LA
(Zone 9a)

November 23, 2009
6:50 PM

Post #7302960

They survive several freezes here but Im not sure about a Zone 5 winter. Do you have them in the wild there?
nilly
Pittsburgh, PA
(Zone 5b)

November 23, 2009
6:56 PM

Post #7302974

They are natural in zone 5. I've never tried to collect, winter, and hatch, but I find them often in summer.
Heavinscent
South West, LA
(Zone 9a)

November 23, 2009
7:18 PM

Post #7303033

I found a neat thread on GW. about colder climate Mantis.
http://forums.gardenweb.com/forums/load/teach/msg101447269791.html
nilly
Pittsburgh, PA
(Zone 5b)

November 23, 2009
7:27 PM

Post #7303067

Wonderful!
DeeS
Ladoga, IN
(Zone 6a)

November 23, 2009
11:15 PM

Post #7303846

I went walking today, looking for a case, and didn't see a thing. I used to see them all the time...now that I want one, I can't find one..lol..It's getting too cold here to trade plants.
Dee
green76thumb
Radford, VA
(Zone 7a)

November 30, 2009
2:10 AM

Post #7320103

No, I never did get any Heavinscent. I'll cover postage if you'll send me a couple or three. : )
Heavinscent
South West, LA
(Zone 9a)

November 30, 2009
1:50 PM

Post #7321336

If your in the exchange Ill get them out to you in the next day or so.
ilovejesus99
Baytown, TX
(Zone 9b)

December 1, 2009
10:19 AM

Post #7324402

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.
nilly
Pittsburgh, PA
(Zone 5b)

December 1, 2009
4:52 PM

Post #7325148

Some years I see a lot of lady bugs and some years none! I'm working on getting some houses where they can breed, but will have to make my own so haven't gotten very far so far!
TexasTam
Plano, TX
(Zone 8a)

May 6, 2010
10:33 AM

Post #7769545

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.

Here's the link to the case they sell:
http://www.cleanairgardening.com/praying-mantis.html

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.

meadowyck

meadowyck
Brooksville, FL
(Zone 9a)

May 6, 2010
1:44 PM

Post #7769970

TxTam

thanks so much for posting that web site, as I've been wanting some.

Janet
IRIS
Greenville, SC
(Zone 7a)

May 31, 2010
2:27 PM

Post #7846460

Didn't find a case but do have the babies here ..

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IRIS
Greenville, SC
(Zone 7a)

May 31, 2010
2:28 PM

Post #7846464

#2 and they are great bug preditors!

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TexasTam
Plano, TX
(Zone 8a)

June 2, 2010
8:28 PM

Post #7853867

Adorable - great pics Iris. I spotted one of "my" babies in the hydrangea the other day. He turned around and looked at me as if to say "Hi Mommy!" for a split second before disappearing.

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IRIS
Greenville, SC
(Zone 7a)

June 3, 2010
11:05 AM

Post #7855395

TexasTam, Thanks! Have you ever seen them "hop" when you see them on the Hydrangea? They hop quite a distance for being so small!
planolinda
Plano, TX

June 7, 2010
6:12 AM

Post #7866132

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 : )
DIRTYGIRL71
Brandon, FL
(Zone 9b)

June 7, 2010
12:26 PM

Post #7867340

what is the website?? I'd like to have some too...(they DO like Florida, don't they?)
TexasTam
Plano, TX
(Zone 8a)

June 8, 2010
8:36 PM

Post #7871482

I got mine at http://www.cleanairgardening.com/praying-mantis.html

Be aware that this is a seasonal product, however - mantis' don't hatch all year long. It's best to get the egg case in early spring so that it has about 6 six weeks outside to warm up and hatch.

Linda, I wish I could tell you my landscape was crawling with my little babies, but...they have all disappeared. Hopefully they didn't become bird food. :(

Now I know how a mother feels when her kids never call home anymore...lol.
planolinda
Plano, TX

June 10, 2010
6:41 PM

Post #7877247

of course they are made to blend in right? maybe they are doing a very good job of it!
IRIS
Greenville, SC
(Zone 7a)

June 11, 2010
7:04 AM

Post #7878207

My little guys are growing, Heres one from last night ( I don't see as many now as I did before though) ..

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