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Mantids

I was told these are the sign of "a healthy garden" - is this true? I always find one of those HUGE ones that are as big as your hand and some of those small ones.

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Every once in awhile, I lose a post, just disappears. I did respond to this when it was newer. But I was looking at unanswered posts and found this still here, sorry.

Praying mantis are considered beneficial in the garden, because they eat a lot of things you don't want, including aphids, flies, leaf-eating beetles etc. They will also eat bees if they can catch them, but I'm guessing that doesn't happen too often. However, the large ones will also small reptiles, frogs, or pretty much anything that walks past them while they are standing still, camouflaged.

The little ones are just juvenile forms of the big one.
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The fact that they are there means you are not spraying them with poison. The fact that you find big ones means they are eating enough in your garden for them to maturity.
The fact that you find babies means there were more than one and that the female was able to eat enough to produce eggs.

I love them. I regulary find over a dozen egg casings/ooths each spring. I don't Actualy see that many (over two dozen male and female?) adults, but I guess they are there.

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Did I post about them Already? :oops: I have awful memory. I'm sorry! I should have done a search. I just found some of the tinies out of the garden in the lettuce and thought about asking here. I love 'em. They're such neat looking insects.

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[url=https://www.helpfulgardener.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=44781]Here's one[/url] you responded to, rainbow; maybe you were thinking of this one?

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No, it really was this one. I've been having trouble with THG crashing on me since the update, or being unavailable. I think that's how my post got lost.
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