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We were taking a walk on earth day and found a praying mantis egg sac.<br><br>
Has anyone had any luck with these? We did a little research, but mostly what we found was about ordering one from an educational site/insect site...not one found out in the woods.<br><br>
We placed it in a jar with some grass and sticks (of-course they are carnivores, but we must have grass and sticks for some reason). And a little water.<br><br>
Any ideas! ds is pretty excited about it hatching a ton of baby mantis!
 

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We've done it a couple of times. My youngest ds actually has one waiting to hatch in his "bug house" in the back yard right now. As long as your jar has sufficient air flow and doesn't get too hot they should hatch just fine. There will be A LOT of them and you'll need to set them free fairly soon after hatching, but it is fun to watch them all emerge...they are very tiny. Good luck!
 

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Cool!<br><br>
Thanks. We are getting exciting because we have never found them in our own yard. This will be great.<br><br>
I have some flowers that get covered with aphis every year. I hope the praying mantis clan can help.
 

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We have about 8 preying mantis egg sacks that we're waiting to hatch out. We got one at the feed store last year, and now we have this many from them! Hatch them outside. Really. Unless you want to catch about 500 little fragile inch-long preying mantis' in your house <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> The case we got from the feed store was in a mesh baggy (like an onion bag), and we just hung it on a branch in a tree. The ones we have this year are all over the place - tree trunks, a garden gate, a trellis.<br><br>
Kristin<br>
mom to dd (5 1/2), ds (almost 3!) and #3 due in June
 

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We had a few and never got any to hatch. The boys and I were very disappointed. We even had them in an aqurium with a mesh lid. I hope we can find some again and see them actually hatch.<br>
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Did any of you have yours hatch from this yr? We had two of them, DH and the kids put them out in the bushes. We cannot find one, and the other one is still unhatched. It's been over a wk and a half and we're starting to wonder if they will never hatch...
 

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When I was a teenager, I saved a praying mantis from a group of ants. I brought it inside for the night and kept it in a jar. The next mornign there was a sack of eggs. I kept it all that year, assuming that they were unhatchable, but thought it was cool just the same. Eventually I threw the jar away and just kept the sack on my dresser for decoration. One morning the next spring/summer, they hatched, and were ALL OVER my room. Crawling up my arms, LOL. I never did find them all. :LOL
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">When I was a teenager, I saved a praying mantis from a group of ants. I brought it inside for the night and kept it in a jar. The next mornign there was a sack of eggs. I kept it all that year, assuming that they were unhatchable, but thought it was cool just the same. Eventually I threw the jar away and just kept the sack on my dresser for decoration. One morning the next spring/summer, they hatched, and were ALL OVER my room. Crawling up my arms, LOL. I never did find them all. :LOL</div>
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Oh. My. God. Where is the "passing out" smiley? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> I'm trying so hard to get over this squeamishness in the name of good science, but <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/yikes2.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="yikes">:
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Oh. My. God. Where is the "passing out" smiley? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> I'm trying so hard to get over this squeamishness in the name of good science, but <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/yikes2.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="yikes">:</div>
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Lol, that was my reaction too. I try not to freak out when it comes to bugs, b/c I don't want my kids to act the way that I do around bugs, but omg if a egg sac of praying mantises hatched in my bedroom. I think I'd be traumatized for life. I love nature... but have issues with bugs, esp LOTS of them all at once. I can't watch any of those scary bug horror movies with the cockroaches, giant ants, tarantulas... the last time I did I stayed up all night freaked about bugs!
 
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