I am changing the sheets on our bed and notice what looks like a blob of chewing gum stuck to the end of the bed! Yes...chewing gum!!
Until I realise it isn't chewing gum at all...its a type of cocoon.
Urgh!! I instantly wish it were chewing gum!
Then.... a little memory pops to the surface... one night during the week before .. I got quite a shock when a praying mantis appeared over the top of the television. Truly it was like something out of a sci-fi movie. I had wasted no time catching and releasing it outside.... but now I was wondering if this cocoon might have something to do with my late night visitor.
So...I googled away and yes... that blob of chewing gum was actually a praying mantis cocoon.
So I removed it and put it in a jar to see what would happen.
Two weeks went by...nothing...
then this week.... hooley dooley!!
The jar was full... maybe a 100 or more tiny weeny baby mantis.
So.... what to do?
I feel responsible... and I know nothing about raising these babies.
I released over half to the trees under our pergola...I have no idea how they will fair... it seems they are too small to actually survive...but Im guessing nature has its ways.
The remainder I have in a jar in the kitchen...I'm trying to find bugs small enough for them to eat.. and make sure they don't cannibalize each other but I am not sure of my success yet.
Wish me... (or them)...the best of luck.
This is my Memorandum Monday this week...I am linking in with Sian and the other lovelies who share their experiences each week.