Mid-May Mantises (Spring insects ). Photo by ChrisAnthemum
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Mid-May Mantises

Uploaded by: ChrisAnthemum

Thursday May 16, 2013

Westfield, NC (Current Weather Conditions)

Caption: The dozen or so praying mantis egg cases I collected and stored over the winter in planter boxes on my front porch have been very slow to hatch, with only a few emerging now and then. This morning, with the warmer weather, three cases' worth have all hatched at once, with hundreds of ant-sized baby mantises running all over my porch. They're about a month later than normal.

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12. ChrisAnthemum
3:36 PM GMT on May 19, 2013
Gosh, you should, Delana; mantises are found in your area. Just a matter of keeping your eyes open for the adults or egg cases in late summer and fall. Thanks for commenting!
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11. CalicoBass
12:24 PM GMT on May 19, 2013
Love this Kathy, thanks for sharing because I
don't think I'll ever see this otherwise!
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10. ChrisAnthemum
2:24 AM GMT on May 17, 2013
LOL Julie and Sharon! These don't need my help; I just put them on the porch so hopefully I won't miss their emergence. I watch for cool critters all the time!
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8. MTDisk
2:03 AM GMT on May 17, 2013
WOW!!! I am now lost for words Kathy!! So heres a redundant "You have the coolest critters!!!" : )
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7. ChrisAnthemum
1:57 AM GMT on May 17, 2013
Thank you so much for your kind words, Linda!

Betsy, I haven't seen them at nurseries, but any place that sells ladybugs should probably have them. I know I've seen them available by mail order.
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6. luvne32
12:11 AM GMT on May 17, 2013
I think you can buy these at local nurseries, right?
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5. Luckystar
12:07 AM GMT on May 17, 2013
Wow! You are truly an amazing naturalist, Kathy! Terrific capture and thanks for sharing your knowledge and this image. 10 and a fave.
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4. ChrisAnthemum
8:42 PM GMT on May 16, 2013
Thank you, Shirley; I'll put up some more shots soon.
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3. WeatherWise
8:37 PM GMT on May 16, 2013
Amazing capture of those tiny things! Great shot!
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2. ChrisAnthemum
8:34 PM GMT on May 16, 2013
Thank you, Dianne! I'm always on the lookout for little critters, notice movement out the corner of my eye. But of course since I collected these cases and put them on the front porch, I look at them every day whenever I go in or out that door. I'm just glad they're hatching at last; was afraid maybe the strange weather patterns had queered them altogether.
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1. snosno
6:58 PM GMT on May 16, 2013
You find the neatest things, Kathy! Cool shot of these little ones!
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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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