Monday, May 13, 2013
When praying mantis attack
When the children were little we decided to send an egg case up to school for science class. I put it in a little habitat with a slotted top. Off we went with our usual bunch of neighborhood tribe members and Daughter holding the habitat.
Half way to school the egg case hatched. In the car. And the baby mantis, we learned to our dismay, are so small they started crawling out of the slots...
Mass panic ensued. Mom stops the car, children erupt out of the doors, screams are heard. We were a bit late that day. Going to the office to submit excuses for the children resulted in hysterical laughter from staff. But was not unexpected - this is the same staff that survived the mass frog escape (yes, I was involved in that too...)
Newly hatched mantis will cannibalize each other when the food sources are limited so it was just a matter of time before they cleared each other out and the winner escaped the car into the wilds of the garden.