Today I want to share some interesting facts about one of the beneficial insects, the Praying Mantis. They are overwintering at the moment, but Spring is right around the corner, so here’s some info that can help you understand this gardener’s helper. This would fall into the “Biological Pest Control” category, since you can actually collect or buy the pupa stage to release into your garden in the Spring/Summer. They love to eat other bugs of all sizes, and the females actually attack and eat the male species of their own! Hmmm, interesting how the population stays in existence? -
Mantids are very important insect predators and will devour anything they can capture. They capture their prey by stealth; their color and shape allow them to blend into the background, and they wait with their front legs raised in a "praying" position. When prey
comes within 4 inches of their reach, mantids can strike in 5 hundredths of a second, faster than the eye can see. They are also capable of holding prey in one claw and striking with the other.
Females lay eggs in an egg case called an ootheca; a liquid secreted from the ovipositor is mixed with air to make a froth that solidifies into a case as hard as a walnut shell around the eggs. The egg cases are deposited in fall, and the eggs overwinter in the hardened ootheca, which provides insulation and protection from ants. The egg cases are usually wrapped around stems of shrubs and grasses; they are oblong masses about 1 inch long.
We are located at 2632 US Highway 19, in Holiday, Florida, but if you are not local you can send us pictures of your bugs by email or even send them through the mail, but, if they are Ants and too small to ID in a picture be sure to mark the envelope “Hand Cancel”
or they’ll be too smushed to recognize, lol!) -
We are able to ship to most states and I’d be willing to bet that you can’t buy these Professional-Strength products locally. Being State Certified, we are also going to provide you with the step-by-step instructions so you will get SAFE and effective results. You can count on us. -
And there you have it! HAPPY WEDNESDAY!!!!
Georgie can devour some roaches. There’s nothing but adults and babies (tons of babies!) left in my dubia colony. After he blew through the colony, he’s already gone through two orders of two hundred 1” dubia roaches - from Dubia Roach Depot. This is the third, it arrived today. It’s time to eat, who’s hungry? 🍽