Last week MCNC volunteer Suzy Downing sent me photos from her back yard of one of her praying mantis’ sacs. It had ruptured and hundreds of tiny praying mantis were emerging from the sac. I had never seen anything like this and thought it to be amazing to see the pictures.
Today around 1:30 p.m. I was walking the property, and believe it or not, I found a praying mantis sac myself. It looked just like the one in Suzy’s yard, and it was bursting with tiny, wiggling, crawling newly emerged praying mantis. I could have watched it all day! The diminutive creatures emerge looking more like a worm with a prominent black eye, then quickly stretch out their legs and arms and assume the praying mantis form. I thought I was watching a National Geographic TV special!!! I’ve attached a few photos for you to see.
Come visit MCNC and witness Spring on the property!
Hank Ohme, Program Manager