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Praying Mantis on the Hunt

 

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After weeks of anticipation, the baby praying mantises (aka nymphs) finally hatched.  They didn’t pop out one by one; it was more like an army of at least 200 nymphs bursting out of the egg cases, ready for the hunt. As soon as they hatched, I released them into the vegetable garden and surrounding trees.  They are hunters and will eat all the bad bugs. Unfortunately, they will also eat the good bugs, but the ladybugs are safe for now since the nymphs can only eat tiny insects like aphids (yeah!). It won’t be long before the praying mantises eat grasshoppers and crickets. With so many formidable predators running around, my neighbors will surely benefit from their voracious appetite.

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