Photo: Stink no more

Photo by Larry Sherertz
Photo by Larry Sherertz

Larry Sheretz took this photo of a praying mantis on his deck, preying on much more common sight this late summer and fall: the imported-from-Asia brown marmorated stink bug. “Maybe we can import praying mantises?” he asked.

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  1. Praying mantis cocoons are pretty easy to find. The way to boost their numbers in your yard is to harvest cocoons in the winter and put them in protected areas where the majority of nymphs can survive when they burst out in the spring. It’s truly amazing when the cocoons open up. Hundreds of young mantis’s come pouring out. About two months later you will find mantises all over your flower beds and bushes devouring all forms of bug nastiness. They have sharp little predator brains and bulbous eyes whose pupils will follow your finger if you move it back and forth in front of their face. I love watching them kill. It’s also fun to feed them chop meat. Yup, the eat meat.

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