Baby Mantis Explosion
Lately, I've been so busy working on our new Nature Lab exhibit (OPENING THIS JUNE PEOPLE) that I rarely make it into my office anymore. Earlier this week, I popped in to check some e-mails (fun I know) and what do you think I found?
An explosion of praying mantids!
They were on my #2 pencils:
They were on my scissors:
They hatched out of this ootheca (nerdy word for egg case):
If you ever find yourself in a similar situation, do not fret! All you need to do, is collect them in a jar and release them into the closest garden!
Live long and prosper my tiny predatory friends, eat lots of pests and keep laying those oothecas!