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Saturday, June 03, 2006

Note To Self:

Never leave mantis egg mass in open container on kitchen table.


I am still picking tiny mantids off the lights, the mini-blinds, the walls, the keyboard, etc. Can't really reach the ones on the ceiling.





















I managed to get most of them (100 or so) out in the garden where they belong. It's gotten dark; they are out there all alone right now in the dark hot night, not even a day old, maybe eating things smaller than themselves; maybe being eaten by larger things.


The guy who sold the ootheca to me said these are Chinese mantids. Maybe this is them. More to come as they grow up.

2 comments:

beetlecat said...

They must be hatching out everywhere right about now. I've got some over my way. Though not in the house. ;-)
You're not the only one to leave mantid egg cases lying around to hatch indoors:
http://www.hiltonpond.org/ThisWeek010522.html

Cindy said...

Oohh, noooo! Tiny mantids all over your computer and phone, among other places! I like the shot of the one little guy who made it to "safety" outside. He seems to be contemplating his next move.