Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Preying for more
Anyway, while mowing today I cruised by the bush and something caught my eye. Omigosh.
Here's something I've not seen since I was a kid growing up with lots of open field around.
Look. A preying mantis egg case! (Kinda like tan styrofoam.) There are probably a hundred individual egg chambers in this sack, and when they hatch, they will be 1/4" long, yellow and look exactly like their parents.
I'm a lot less surprised finding this than I could have been. Earlier in the season I did spy a mantis, but only once and not again.
However, between the heat and drought this year we had yet ANOTHER obnoxious critter (beside the deer and squash bugs) - namely grasshoppers. I've been here 10 years and had not seen any hoppers before this year.
So could the mantises be far behind? I remember as a kid we had lots of mantises in the fields - and they ate a lot of grasshoppers. Can't say enough good things about them (the mantises - not the hoppers).
Okay, last post a hawk to go after the chipmunks and mice. Now mantises to go after the hoppers.
Can there be a litter of wolf pups far behind to go after the #*#($&(#@ deer!!! (Heck, I'd settle for a collie with a colt 45....!)