Any day now, one of our lucky clients will be hosting potentially thousands of praying mantids on his property! We found many egg cases while trimming his bushes & trees and each case contains about 200 eggs. These fierce warriors are beneficial in the garden, dining on pests such as aphids, thrips, flies and maggots, small caterpillars, leafhoppers, grubs and other soft-bodied insects. When older, they will take down bigger prey such as large caterpillars, earwigs, beetles and grasshoppers. They are also fascinating to watch and luckily, they tend to stay in one place while waiting for their next meal.
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