Tar and Abby

Monday, May 13, 2013

When praying mantis attack

Laying on the gnomes' table are two praying mantis egg cases. They are going to the rose shrubs.

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. 

4 comments:

Bob said...

Okay, now I am officially afraid of driving my car lest it be overrun with cannibal bugs.

mistress maddie said...

"Mass panic ensued" Laughing silly, as I picture the fleeing and the whole scene! Last year a friend brought home a christmas tree, decorated it, only to find days later a mantis nest was in the tree and hatched. 100's of mantis everywhere! She vacummed most up she said, she is blond. And Have you ever noticed that praying mantis will follow you with their eyes? One sitting on the railing porch once. It was eerie.

mrs.missalaineus said...

brings new meaning to the hunger games....

xxalainaxx

lacochran's evil twin said...

All my mother ever sent me to school with was cupcakes.

I LOVE my mother.