All help in pest management at the Fairegarden is welcome. There is nary a leaf that does not have some kind of hole or damage from the ravages of bug vandalism.
Knowing the good guys from the bad guys is beyond our scope of knowledge, however, for the most part.
Except for one very distinctive insect, the Praying Mantis.
The Mantids are very well disguised by nature. They seem nearly invisble unless one happens to be carefully studying the foliage or flowers of a plant and just stumbles upon this regal bug.
The Mantids are born looking just like fully mature adults, only smaller.
They begin as green, to better blend, then turn to brown as the year progresses. By fall, the females can grow quite large, and will eat their mate after consummating their relationship. Poor fellow.
Egg cases are formed and will remain attached to branches over the winter, until the warmth of spring triggers the birth.
Then the cycle starts all over again. (Photo, taken by my dear friend Laurie, can be clicked upon to enlarge.)
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