After meeting him (he actually ran right on to my hand and freaked me out a bit) I got to wondering if the cocoons we had weren’t mantis cocoons. I immediately put them under glass! I did not want mantis babies all over the house! (The were originally under screen.) And lookie what happened:
Notice: Ummm… if little bugs make you kinda squeamish, you might want to stop reading this post now. Hehe…
The great hatching! Sorry for the blurry pictures. Hard to get a clear shot through glass! Also, the cocoons kept sliding off the sticks. I’d put ‘em back on and they’d slide right off. Baby mantis are wet when they hatch though so I put paper down instead of having them right on top of the dirt. It helped!
The great release! I put a cocoon back on a stick to show the size of a baby and what it looked like after it was hatched and dried off. This cocoon kept releasing babies almost every morning for a week!!! The other cocoon molded for some reason and never hatched. I put it back out in the garden to let it run it’s course as it might. I prefer mantis babies dried and hatched. I find them incredibly adorable, super fast and curious. How’d a thought a BUG could seem curious?!
This was a fantastic science “experiment” for the kids! I am so excited (and a bit unnerved) by all the eyes watching me in my garden now too. Bugs should be kept to a minimum after a few hundred of these went outside. I gave some to my mom-n-law, parents and a friend too. There were a TON!I had left a few cocoons out there too so I am sure I got more than I thought.
Have you ever seen a praying mantis in your garden before? Watched them hatch or eat bugs?! It’s all kinda gross and really cool too! I never did get a good picture that would have shown you how many were in the jar. It was way over 100 though.
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