Thought I would share this, because it's just so adorable!
Yesterday I went out to check on Nina's plant, to see if it needed to be watered, and lo and behold, there's a little praying mantis baby staring back up at me. It was a TINY little thing. Here's a picture: (please don't reuse without my permission, thanks) If you follow my FB, it's on there too..
And I was all like N'AWW.
Anyway, I found two more of its brothers and sisters hanging out on my porch, and I put them in the plant for safety... (they were hanging off the screen door and the walls, and it was pretty windy) And I thought that was that. I figured they'd move on to hunt and be mantids and whatnot, but today I was back to the plant to pick out any unsightly dead leaves, and after agitating the plant a bit, I saw a tiny head a pair of HUGE eyes pop out from under a leaf. He/she stared me down, wondering what the heck I was doing. Turns out they took up residence in the plant.
It's pretty awesome because praying mantids are among my favorite insects, and it's nice to know that Nina is in an indirect way giving life to more than just the plant. (For anyone who doesn't know, I buried one of my girls in that pot to memorialize her.)
I plan on letting these guys/gals live in the wild, but is there anyone here who has kept mantids before and knows how to care for them? I wouldn't mind playing mom for a while since they picked my patio.