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rober
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« on: May 06, 2013, 08:58:54 AM »

some of you may remember lst year's hatch. this year i bought 30 egg cases. this is the 2nd hatch.








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« Reply #1 on: May 06, 2013, 09:02:58 AM »

Those things are bee eating machines. They also make a big mess on your hive bodies when you smash them.  grin
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« Reply #2 on: May 06, 2013, 09:33:39 AM »

i'd move them before i'd mash them.  they are one of the best bugs you could have around.
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« Reply #3 on: May 06, 2013, 10:18:21 AM »

i'd move them before i'd mash them.  they are one of the best bugs you could have around.

Just not around your bee hives! I wonder how many bees one adult can eat a day?
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« Reply #4 on: May 06, 2013, 10:19:57 AM »

they are wonderful bug eaters...including your bees  Wink
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« Reply #5 on: May 06, 2013, 10:27:55 AM »

Very cool pics rober.

We’ve got hoards of the things here.  Egg cases all over the place.  I have noticed more around since I’ve been keeping bees, but I haven’t seen them hanging around the hives.  They’re probably getting bees on the flowers and such.  I figure they’re a net positive though so I leave them alone. 

I do have those gray tree frogs all over my hives though.  I don’t smash them either since I figure they may be snacking on wax moths.   applause
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« Reply #6 on: May 06, 2013, 03:35:27 PM »

i'm sure the birds & skunks are eating more bees than the mantids. being nocturnal i'd suspect the frogs are eating more moths than bees. i have been live trapping & drowning the skunks. a friend had a secondary yard of 20 that the skunks ate down to 8. the landowner noticed the skunks & called my friend who then discovered the loss.
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« Reply #7 on: May 06, 2013, 05:23:39 PM »

I wouldn't think that Mantis could significantly hurt a colony. Wouldn't think of killing one on purpose. They are my second favorite insect.
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« Reply #8 on: May 06, 2013, 09:24:55 PM »

Awesome, I love mantids! We've got a pretty good stock of natives here and always liked to keep them as pets as a kid. Where do you get your eggs?

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« Reply #9 on: May 06, 2013, 09:59:19 PM »

I didn't dispatch the mantis on purpose. He was hidden between stacks on a pallet.   I'm sorry
I was just putting stuff back together when I noticed this green stuff squirting out.
I sat in a chair last year and watched one perched by an entrance to a hive.
They move so slow, until it's time to eat. We caught one just about every summer when I was growing up too.
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« Reply #10 on: May 07, 2013, 09:37:29 AM »

do a search on flea bay for praying mantis eggs. i used to buy them thru a nursery but they quit handling them. i've searched the net & the best deals are on e bay. look thru all the buyers cuz' the prices can vart greatly.. i paid $2.10 per egg case but some are asking as much as $9.00 per egg case. i keep them in a vented jar & check them every morning.
the std procedure is to tie them to a tree or shrub branch but in the jars i know exactly how many hatched & i can put the hatching case somewhere reasonably safe from being eaten by birds. there can be anywhere from 25-200 bugs per case. the case in the photos probably had over 200.   
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