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Praying mantis egg case

Discussion in 'Gardening' started by purpletree23, Sep 24, 2013.

  1. purpletree23

    purpletree23 Songster

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    While I was cleaning up an area 'out back' I came across a praying mantis and her egg case! So excited. The only issue is that the egg case is attached to the lip of a plastic flower pot. What should I do with it? I tried researching but very little was available on egg cases.

    Do I partially bury it in my compost heap under an old milk crate? Leave it in the open (doesn't seem like a good idea)? I'm stumped.[​IMG]
     

  2. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 Free Ranging Premium Member

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    I would hide it in the bushes somewhere you want big ones, when they little ones hatch they will need protection and leaves/twigs on bushes should work well. Spring flowering shrubs, rose bushes or berry bushes would be nice so they can eat little bugs attracted to the flowers and plants. I tend to stick ones I find in places they shouldn't be in the forsythia bushes by the garden and rose plants (baby mantis like aphids).
     
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