It's mantis time again!

The mantis egg cases under my deck have hatched, sending waves of tiny insect predators upward and outward. One that I didn't know about hatched a couple of days ago, then the one under the railing that I was keeping an eye on hatched yesterday.

The one I have in a jar on the kitchen counter must be ready to go any day now...


There's an infinite garden out there for these minuscule hunters to inhabit this summer, but the first step is such a big one!


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outlawgardener  – (June 5, 2014 at 9:08 AM)  

They are so cute and you got some terrific shots of them!

Mark and Gaz  – (June 5, 2014 at 9:36 AM)  

Quite dramatic shots you have them as they march out from the tube, fascinating!

Alan  – (June 5, 2014 at 9:52 AM)  

They actually didn't come out of the tube -- they just climbed it because it is attached to the deck and ended up being the tallest point. They just kept climbing until they couldn't go any further.

By far my favorite baby insect! (Not that I'm familiar with many different kinds...)

Teri  – (June 5, 2014 at 8:25 PM)  

Love it! I'll have to check mine.

Curbstone Valley Farm  – (June 6, 2014 at 8:51 AM)  

One can never have too many beneficial insects! I love the long shot of them all marching down the pipe! Great shot!

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