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PostPosted: Sat Jul 12, 2008 8:40 am Reply with quoteBack to top

I know what you’re thinking…not another my garden thread. This one is different, I promise. For years I have been trying to hatch praying mantids for my yard. Every year I buy some egg sacks but I don’t think they ever hatched. The instructions say it needs to be 75 degrees or greater for up to 4 weeks. Even though I live in Southern California that is a tall order because there are days when there is overcast so I assumed that was the problem.

This year however, I came up with the genius idea to hatch them inside the house. No, this thread isn’t going where it sounds. I may be dumb but I am only as dumb as my wife allows me to be Smile

I placed the eggs inside a paper bag and put it in the kitchen window seal. Ha, three days later…I have babies. Take a look. Aren't they cute? Look at their little faces.

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These are the babies about three weeks later Smile Most are turning a very pretty shade of green.

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So far I have hatched six egg casings so they are in both my front and backyard. My 7 year old calls them “pray mites” Laughing


They are very friendly and don’t seem bothered at all by people being around. Some are more then happy to jump on your hand and just stare at you. If you spray a mist of water they will drink right off your hand.

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 12, 2008 9:07 am Reply with quoteBack to top

Love the pics Ghost, you'll be aphid and insect free if they all survive there.

Well done on getting them to hatch!

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 12, 2008 10:04 am Reply with quoteBack to top

I hope they will be okay. It has been super hot lately. Usually in the 90's. Even now it's 3 AM and it's in the high 60's.

The eggs are sold at greenthumb which is a local store and the eggs are imported from the next town over.

The main thing I am worried about are the birds. So I turned into a crazy man who yells at the birds to stay away from his babies Laughing

Over the years I have seen a couple of large ones in the neighborhood but I assumed they came from the fields that were near by.

We'll just have to wait and see I guess. I have already bought and planted additional hedges and long leaved plants so they will have more places to make homes and find food.

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 12, 2008 10:09 am Reply with quoteBack to top

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Shocked I thought, that it was going to be another garden thread with pretty flowers! and what do I find lurking inside? praying mantises! O.O
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 12, 2008 10:58 am Reply with quoteBack to top

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you'll be aphid and insect free if they all survive there...

What are those things if they're not insects? Tiny green prancing ponies? Smile

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 12, 2008 11:09 am Reply with quoteBack to top

They are actually surprisingly sweet little things. In a very predatory way. Smile They will eat good insects as well as bad, though, won't they?

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 12, 2008 11:28 am Reply with quoteBack to top

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They're cannibals, too, right? Cute as......

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 12, 2008 11:57 am Reply with quoteBack to top

Where is your shed?

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 12, 2008 1:47 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 12, 2008 2:42 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

That is very cool.

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 12, 2008 4:23 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Klaasvaak wrote:
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 12, 2008 4:31 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Wonderful Ghost! I usually have some in the garden but have noticed there's not too many this year.. They are such a great natural pest control, that I'll certainly try the eggs.

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 13, 2008 2:04 am Reply with quoteBack to top

Very nice. I once keep two egg pods in the house for three weeks and then hung one in my back yard and one at my parent's place on the coast. I thought of doing what you did but heard that they would eat each other so I made sure that the trees that I hung them to were very tall and infected with aphids. My Mum called me the next year to tell of her babies all over the tree. Four years later, I brushed against my tree and picked up a 4 inch hitch hiker on my back.

You can tell if the eggs have hatched by looking very carefully at the tiny flaps on the pods. They look like scales.

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 13, 2008 3:24 am Reply with quoteBack to top

Yes, if you hatch them in a bag you have to check them everyday or they will start eating each other. You also need to poke several pin size holes in the bag for air.

Two more egg casings hatched today and the wife took them out to the backyard, gave them a drink of water then set them free in a large hedge.

So far I would estimate about 50% of all we hatched decided to stick around.
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They will eat good insects as well as bad, though, won't they?


Yes. They will eat whatever they can catch. If they are big enough they will even eat baby mice.

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 13, 2008 7:55 am Reply with quoteBack to top

Shocked Okay, maybe not so cute after all. Laughing

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 13, 2008 8:47 am Reply with quoteBack to top

Watch the below video

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NhtHDK2K73A&NR=1

Don't worry it has a happy ending Smile I wouldn't post it other wise.

Shocked I doubt the one's I have will grow that large but I have let loose well over 800 babies in my yard.

These are the ones I have... Click and I don't care what any of you naysayers say. They are very cute Laughing

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 13, 2008 10:18 am Reply with quoteBack to top

Great video!!

But the comments are even better:



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U GO MANTIS PWN THAT LITTLE BASTARD

I bet you the snake said, "HA HA! Nice try asshole!"

i wonder if a praying mantis wud win against a shoe...

mantis claws are incredibly strong. i reckon a mantis the size of a rhino could pick up a car

I am getting about 100 mantises for X-mas i am going to have them fight to the death

i wanna see that shit take on an anaconda

can a mantis take on a bug spray????
beat dat stupid mantis.....

Wow, thats just awesome. I so want one as a pet now, screw having a cat


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 13, 2008 1:55 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Ghost wrote:
Don't worry it has a happy ending Smile


I doubt the mantis shares your view, having been denied its dinner. Laughing I can see, though, why you like them.

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 13, 2008 5:40 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Mantises are way cooler than that crappy ant farm I had as a kid.
They look like aliens from another galaxy, man! Cool

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 13, 2008 5:46 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

I grew up outside of the Bay Area- we had plenty of Manti when I was a kid.

My mom often let me bring them into the house and turn them loose....well, actually, she didn't notice them until they would start roaming around and then she would hunt them all down and return them outside, while mumbling about me under her breath.

She preferred them to the King Snakes, though. Laughing

By far, I think that they are one of the more useful and neat insects to have around...doodle bugs are pretty neat, too, though.

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