Friday, April 14, 2006

 

Preying babies





Wandering around the yard this spring, I've noticed a bunch of these cocoon-looking things scattered everywhere, attached to dead plants.
So I decided to disect one and find out what was inside. I saw a bunch of little larval guys arranged in circles. Notice the little guy poking out in the second pic. I imagine he was pissed off at me for destroying his home.
Mystified, I consulted the Internet, source of all information.
As it turns out, these are preying mantis egg cases. Pretty cool. If I didn't kill all the babies in this egg case, my yard should have a bunch of mantises in it in a few weeks. That's a good thing. Even if I did kill all the guys in this case, there are many more in my yard.
Seemed appropriate for Easter to post about preying babies.

Comments:
Preying on babies, you should be ashamed of yourself. Kill as many as you want, you'll always have more...
 
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