Sunday, May 31, 2009

No Sun and Praying Mantis Invasion

We hadn't seen the sun for days and what a drag. To top it all off, we are sick as dogs over here, but that's life, right? Sometimes it throws a curveball at you.

We are currently in the midst of a praying mantis invasion, and it's disconcerting and cool at the same time. The kids received a praying mantis kit and habitat for their birthdays, and it comes with a mesh habitat and a praying mantis egg kit that you order in the mail. The sack is about the size of a golf ball, and I figured a few mantis' would come out of it. You're supposed to attach it to a stick and put it in a jar and once the mantis babies appear, you feed them. Once summer comes we are inundated with fruit flies, which is apparently their food of choice, so I assumed it wouldn't be a problem.

Well, two nights ago, the egg sack hatched and it was alien invasion. I'm talking hundreds of praying mantis babies, all wanting food. It was disconcerting, to say the least.

Anyway, now we need fruit flies, and of course there are none to be seen. Fortunately, Lebanon Pet Store came through, and we got the flies. And the mantis' are munching them down. Not unlike watching TV.

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