Okay, okay, okay. I knew having 3 boys and 1 girl was going to mean lots of things. Like stinkiness, dirty clothes, sports, etc, etc. I think I also knew, somewhere in the back of my mind, that it might involve bugs. But folks, we have reached a whole new level this week.
Not so fine. Okay, so I was thrilled when Conner showed me the praying mantis outside on our porch. You see we have a grasshopper invasion in our yard, and if there is one thing I HATE (yes HATE) it is grasshoppers, and I happen to know that praying mantis’ eat grasshoppers. I wanted that guy roaming yard chomping away! I was less thrilled when Conner and a friend decided to capture this praying mantis and put it inside his uninhabited (and infamous) frog habitat . . . . and bring it INSIDE!! I do not remember agreeing to that, but due to some miscommunication everyone (including Dave) was under the impression I was cool with it. What’s a mom to do? I let him bring it inside. The weekend was spent with the boys scouring the internet for information on praying mantis’. It was like a real live science lesson happening in my house. They fed it and figured out it was a boy and just loved, loved having it. I was starting to get more comfortable with the idea of this thing living in our house . . . . . .
Apparently all the information the boys had gathered on praying mantis’ did not include what a nest looks like. Took me 2 seconds to realize what was going on. Our newest little pet was not a boy, but a pregnant girl and she had gone ahead and laid her nest of 200 eggs inside my house!!! Once again, I knew we were done with this little experiment. A mom of boys can only take so much and 200 itty-bitty praying mantis’ being hatched in my house is too much.
(The best part of the story is that Conner & friend thought it was throw-up. They didn’t make a big deal out of it and just went on their merry way. Hello boys!! That’s an awful lot of throw-up for such a small creature)
More research online showed us that the eggs can actually be hatched in a paper bag outside. You see, I’m fine to have these critters roaming my yard eating bugs. So I support 200 of them being born in my yard, just not in my house. And I guess when that happens, our pet to people population will be greatly outnumbered :-). In the meantime we are the hit of the neighborhood!