Baby praying mantises are known as nymphs. When young they eat aphids, flies, small caterpillars, and other soft-bodied insects. As they grow, the insects they eat are larger.
They are carnivorous and do not eat vegetarian.
I am seriously hoping they have a taste for stinkbugs.
They kind of look like mosquitos when young. This helps them blend in from prey.
Dirty working hubby hands.
Praying mantises don't fly well and they walk slowly.
Kind of like Reid crawls. Slow, precise, deliberate.
Females lay their egg cases in the fall. They can withstand even severe winter climates.
Here is what the case looked like post-hatching:
Praying mantises are harmless to humans.
If they have plenty to eat, they will stick close to where born.
We had to set them free, so they wouldn't eat each other, but hopefully we'll get to watch them grow close to home this summer.
Stay tuned for more Earth Celebrations this week.
We've got lots of nature walks and a couple of crafts planned!