During the first week of June M convinced me to buy some praying mantis eggs. The garden center said they would be great for our garden and M said it would be a once-in-a-life experience (seriously) to watch them hatch.
They sat quite still in our living room window until a few days after we put them in a jar (like this). Then, on June 19th (to be exact) before the kids headed up to bed I notice a few hopping around in one of the jars. About 8 hatched from that egg case.
Then, right before I went to bed (around 10:30), I noticed the craziness starting to happen in the other jar.
I have never seen anything quite like it...
Within about 30 minutes the jar was filled with praying mantids.
We dumped them into our flowers. (So they wouldn't start to eat each other!)
The next morning the kids had so much fun finding and holding them.
We can still find them quite easily.
And here are a few of the other insects we've been checking out. :)
Katydid Nymph / Parasitic Wasp (?) / Twice-Stabbed Ladybeetle / Fifteen-Spotted Ladybeetle / Orchard Spider / Giant Crane Fly / Virginian or Agreeable Tiger Moth / Grasshopper Nymph.