Some of you may remember the Praying Mantis egg case that I got talked into purchasing a couple of weeks ago. Many weeks ago, actually. I was looking for a less noxious way of ridding my garden of pesky insects, like mosquitoes, caterpillars and grubs... My friend Bill at Sheridan Nurseries assured me that hatching 400 Praying Mantes, then letting them loose in amongst the plants, would be the answer to my prayers. Because, Praying Mantes are Insects With Serious Attitude, and all of the bugs that I hate the most... they love to eat.
Well, I took Bill's advice. I bought the egg, a deluxe bug case (the less deluxe one had holes that looked a little on the big side to me, and I'm not one to take chances), then we plonked it in the flowerbed, and waited.
I had actually given up on it, truth be known. After all, this thing has been taken to school for show'n'tell, shaken by curious toddlers, and drenchingly rained on. I was SURE that whatever life was inside it had expired... but was prepared to let it sit there, and let the garden grow over it all summer.
Well, this morning, I wandered out into the garden in my pjs and bathrobe, clutching a cup of coffee and the Sunday newspaper, hoping for a few moments of peace in the early sunshine... when out of the corner of my eye, I noticed MOVEMENT... creepy, crawly movement, right next to the egg case I had all but forgotten about.
I called to the girlies, and they whooped with delight. We spent a good hour or two sitting on the grass, watching them slowly crawl out the door of the bug case, and out into the wide world.
Let's hope they grow up strong and healthy and do their job well... Heaven knows, there's more than enough "food" around here to sustain them!!