Praying Mantis feed on aphids, beetles, caterpillars, chinch bugs, Colorado potato beetles,leafhoppers, hornworms, leafrollers, squash bugs, thrips and whiteflies. Coverage – 1600 square feet per egg case. Species - Tenodera Aridifolia Sinensis
Outdoors, egg cases hatch in mid-June when the weather is hot enough and the daylight hours are longer. Inside, they take anywhere from two to eight weeks to hatch. Once hatching commences, all praying mantis will hatch within about one hour. When hatching, the young crawl from between tiny flaps in the cases and hang from silken threads about 2" below the case.
After drying out, the long-legged young disperse quickly into the vegetation as they are cannibalistic. It's very difficult to know hatching has occurred unless the elusive, well camouflaged young are found.(The egg case does not change appearance in any way).
Each mantis will set up its own territory where it will live for the summer. If you'd like to see when the mantis have hatched, place the egg cases in a paper bag, fold the top and seal shut with a paper clip or clothes pin. Place the bag on a window sill in direct sunlight. Periodically open the bag carefully, and when you see tiny mantids running around inside, take them outside and sprinkle them throughout the garden or release them into a terrarium.
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