Praying Mantis Babies in Terry’s Enchanted Garden

Posted Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

At Hayden Brook Studios we have 3 sets of hands making jewelry. There is Hayden (me), Brook (my husband), and Terry (our great buddy).  Terry and her husband Dan have an amazing garden, full of flowers, herbs, and veggies. They are so serious about their garden that they start a bunch of stuff indoors to get a jump on the season. They compost intelligently. And, when they have extra money, they’ll most likely invest it in garden related products. Brook and I get a few of the perks of having friends with an enchanted garden…. SUPER-SIZED zucchini’s to make carb free pizza…. cilantro…. fresh tomatoes… ya know…

BUT, this was an unexpected perk…. the birth announcement in triplicate of the Praying Mantis Hatches.  How amazing~!  You can blow these photos up by clicking on them…. You should really do that. They are awesome photos~!  (Dan is a photographer…. as you can surely tell.) And below these photos, there is the note that Terry sent to describe what is going on… their National Geographic Moment.

Hi All,
We had a “National Geographic” moment at our house this weekend. Last fall we found several praying mantis nests on our raspberries so we took the branches they were on and stuck them in our raised beds. Sunday morning Dan came rushing into the house telling me to get outside quick. I happened to be on the phone with Sherry and told her I’d call her back. I got out there in time to see hundreds of baby praying mantises coming out of their nests!! Dan ran in to get the camera and took the attached pictures. How amazing – there were literally hundreds. 3 of the nests hatched basically at the same time. Just Saturday I was looking at them and thinking that maybe they were too old or the winter had been too harsh, or something happened to them because they were dormant for so long. Makes me think about God’s timing – when things seem to take much longer than we hope, God in His infinite wisdom knows just when the “right’ time is.
His creation truly is amazing.

You can read about the benefits of having these little guys all over your garden:  NATURAL PEST CONTROL WITH PRAYING MANTIS