Chinese Mantid found in my garden
a beneficial insect with a frighting appearance
prays then preys
as though in an
attitude of prayer
Praying Mantis or Preying Mantis
Praying mantis egg cases are purchased by farmers and gardeners to hatch an army of ferocious predators to control insects such as mites, gnats, flies, white flies, and aphids.
eating other insects
One generation develops each season. In the autumn, females lay eggs in a large cluster, in a frothy substance glued to tree twigs, plant stems and other objects. Overwintering occurs in the egg stage in this case. The nymphs emerge from the egg case in the spring or early summer.
|Surprise on the Morning Glory|
Females regularly lay hundreds of eggs in a small case, and When nymphs hatch they are tiny versions of their parents. Leave any praying mantis egg cases hanging out on branches. There are 40-100 baby praying mantis in them.
their spiny-like forelegs can
be readily felt as a "sharp pinch"
but they are harmless to people