Well, we finally took the plunge and released our praying mantis (PM) friends, and not a moment too soon. Not only are they probably happier to be out in the great outdoors, in their natural element, mind you, but it's one less thing for us to have to deal with. Kind of like having another pet that you have feed and care for. Now they get to eat a greater variety of bugs, probably ones more to their liking. We were feeding them fruit flies, which are easy to find in our compost bins, but as a consequence, our house has become fruit fly hell. They are everywhere. Besides, when I put the flies in the PM habitat, it almost freaked the PMs out, there were just too many, and it made them a little crazy. R and the kids released them in the garden, so hopefully they'll get plenty to eat and thrive. We shall see, best of luck to them.
Until the next time, thanks for reading, and thanks to Danny Stoecker for the pic.