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Uploaded by: ChrisAnthemum

Saturday February 2, 2013

Westfield, NC (Current Weather Conditions)

Caption: One of several praying mantis egg cases we've located while clearing weeds and brought up to the house for safekeeping. They can contain a couple hundred ant-sized baby mantids that will hatch probably in April.

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9. ChrisAnthemum
4:04 AM GMT on February 05, 2013
Thanks for commenting, Mike! Yes, it can be a very exciting experience; I photographed it last year and you may find the pictures in my gallery; I got an AC for one of them.
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8. polymorph
3:48 AM GMT on February 05, 2013
This is exciting :) I had one of these last spring. As it got on into May and they weren't hatching, I got the suggestion to put a wet cloth into the terrarium where I had it. A few hours later, there they were, some escaping onto my desk. I hurried them out to the garden. It was wonderful.
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7. ChrisAnthemum
1:51 AM GMT on February 05, 2013
Yep, Julie, when you find one of these in the yard, best leave it and watch to see what comes out in early spring. We bring these up to the house when we clear brush over the fall and winter, so they don't get destroyed and we can keep an eye on them. That is a planter box it is stuck into. It takes only an hour or two for the young to emerge, and it's really easy to miss that. Thank you for commenting!
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6. MTDisk
1:39 AM GMT on February 05, 2013
I had NO idea that that is what Praying Mantis' laid!! Phenomial shot and great info to boot!!! Thanks much Kathy for posting this amazing shot!!
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5. ChrisAnthemum
11:08 PM GMT on February 04, 2013
Don't I wish, Dave! Many of these little mantids are eaten by birds, spiders, and one another, before they can get big enough to be much help. Thanks for taking a look and commenting!
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4. WurzelDave
8:09 PM GMT on February 04, 2013
Cool, at least your garden will be relatively pest free.
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3. ChrisAnthemum
9:36 PM GMT on February 02, 2013
Thank you, Delana! Now if you see one you'll know!
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2. CalicoBass
8:44 PM GMT on February 02, 2013
Wow, I've never seen one or didn't know what I was seeing if I did. Great info Kathy, now I'll be looking.
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1. ChrisAnthemum
6:52 PM GMT on February 02, 2013
Meant to add, each one of these is about the size of a walnut, and one female mantis might lay two or three of them in late summer and fall.
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ChrisAnthemum

Wife, mother, grandmother, gardener, naturalist, writer, artist, crafter, homeschooler, owner and occasional breeder of registered Shetland Sheepdogs, and a child of the King. Rank amateur at most of these. Live in Westfield, NC, near the western mountains.Some of my photos are now available for sale from Fine Art America. Please check the website: http://fineartamerica.com/profiles/kathryn-meyer.h tml only join the html -- for some reason this site won't let me do it. Clicking on my website below leads to FAA's main page, but you can access my gallery there by putting my name Kathryn Meyer in the search box.

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