October 30, 2017

The Praying Mantises in My Flower Garden

We’ve been pretty lucky here in the Northeast - we got some much needed rain here yesterday, and these last few weeks have been mild enough to continue our long list of outdoor chores.

Last week, Ryan, Wilmer and Phurba were busy weeding and cleaning my flower cutting garden. Most of the brightly colored blooms are gone, but hidden within the green foliage we’ve seen a handful of praying mantises and twice as many praying mantis egg sacs. The praying mantis is a very helpful friend to gardeners and farmers thanks to its mammoth appetite for plant-destroying pests. It is always nice to find them on various branches and twigs. Fortunately, they stayed still long enough for us to capture a series of photos.