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Praying mantis egg cases on your Christmas tree could pose problems
Praying mantis egg cases on your Christmas tree could pose problems

We found a praying mantis egg case on our Christmas tree. Will it freeze if we put it outside or should we keep it in a terrarium till spring? Your warm house will cause the eggs to hatch prematurely, and you will have tiny and cute, but fragile, praying mantises running all over. They will then eat one another or die from lack of food. Move the egg case outside ASAP. Prop it in an evergreen shrub or tree if you have one — this will simulate the protected site it had on the Christmas tree, although praying mantis egg cases are tough and can even be found laid on bare plant stalks. Avoid pesticides next year so your praying mantises can do their work protecting your landscape from...

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