Collecting Praying Mantis Eggs

Venture into the countryside, round up some praying mantis eggs, and you'll have your own "garden watchdogs" to control insect pests naturally.



praying mantis eggs - adult mantis
The purpose of collecting praying mantis eggs is to have a few "jawly" green giants like this one patrolling your garden.
Photo by David Wickersham and Darrell Dennis
praying mantis eggs - child placing an egg case
A casting is placed in the greenhouse.
David Wickersham and Darrell Dennis
praying mantis eggs - egg case in the wild
First, you need to locate a mantis egg mass. You'll find them glued to briars, like this one.
David Wickersham and Darrell Dennis
praying mantis eggs - hatching egg case
The babies emerge.
David Wickersham and Darrell Dennis
praying mantis eggs - garde
A well-patrolled vegetable garden.
David Wickersham and Darrell Dennis
praying mantis eggs - baby mantis on human hand
A baby mantis is about the size of an adult man's knuckle.
David Wickersham and Darrell Dennis











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