Well, blogosphere, here is the answer to Michelle’s question.
Over the weekend, I became the official, lucky recipient of my very own praying mantis egg sac, plus jar. Michelle had some extras, and emailed me last week to see if I might be interested in seeing if I can get one to hatch.
Hmm. The potential for 200 baby praying mantises in my yard? Absolutely yes!
If you missed last year’s praying mantis excitement, here are links that will get you the full story:
The mail carrier knocked on my front door on Saturday morning, and I headed straight out back with my precious cargo. I was a little scared to open the box in the house, just in case the egg sac had somehow hatched in transit. I love praying mantises, but wasn’t relishing the thought of having dozens running around my living room.
“Really?” he said, edging away from me as if I had just said something crazy.
“I’m hoping they’ll hatch.”
“Ah,” he said, continuing that edging away. “I’ll see you later.”
Michelle enclosed helpful directions, and I’m hoping to have as much success with these as she has had. We’ll see what happens. So far, there’s no sign of activity, but I’m hoping to see something soon.