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Mom had some baby praying mantises- about 100- that she let loose in her garden. I don't know how many there are now. They tend to be shy, and they also eat each other. I have seen several, though- and got a picture of one!

Awww, isn't it cute? :p

I've been seeing lots of butterflies. This one is, I believe, an Eastern Tiger Swallowtail- the dark female variation.



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Aug. 19th, 2008 07:21 pm (UTC)
Ok, now I'm curious. Why'd she let them loose in the garden? Won't they eat all her veggies and stuff?
Aug. 19th, 2008 07:51 pm (UTC)
No- they eat the bad bugs. They leave the plants alone.
Aug. 19th, 2008 10:53 pm (UTC)
Do they eat Japanese Beetles? We're losing our fight against them.:(
Aug. 19th, 2008 11:36 pm (UTC)
They should. I haven't seen any lately...

Seriously, people buy clutches of mantis eggs so they can have some adults in their gardens.
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