Ootheca #2 is the first to hatch!
Ladies and Gentlemen, may I present Tenodera sinensis – the Chinese praying mantis!
Mantises are loved by gardeners because they eat all sorts of destructive pests, like aphids, moths, mites, and grasshoppers. All you gotta do is hatch them, then sprinkle the teeny-weenies on your garden like Parmesan cheese. With any luck, a handful of the hundreds will make it to adulthood and snack to their hearts’ content. BIOLOGICAL PEST CONTROL FTW.
AND…if you’re up to the challenge…you can keep a couple as pets. 🙂
I know what you’re thinking. Why would I ever want to keep a bug as a pet?!? That’s horrid! Are you a nut job?? Well, maybe. But don’t unfollow me just yet…in a future post, I will tell you all about why they’re really awesome to raise and how neat it is to watch them grow. Until then, here are some pics of the newly hatched babies, or nymphs, checking out their new surroundings.