The hatch is underway on the clothespin. This picture was taken April 9, 2022. (Picture by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Prey inform, the place are all of the praying mantids?
Final fall, a Stagmomantis limbata deposited her egg case, or ootheca, on a clothespin on our out of doors clothesline. On April 9, the clothespin sprang to life. Lots of of nymphs emerged, scrambled away, and vanished.
Some wandered round on the clothesline. Some ate each other. Some survived to maturity.
We noticed solely 4 in our pollinator backyard: a feminine within the patch of lion’s tail, Leonotis leonurus; a feminine on the Mexican sunflower Tithonia rotundifola; and a female and male within the African blue basil, Ocimum kilimandscharicum × basilicum ‘Darkish Opal.”
They appeared, disappeared, and by no means re-appeared.
In the meantime, our lantana, Lantana camara, proved to be a magnet for such pollinators as honey bees, syrphid flies, skippers and cabbage white butterflies, however nary a praying mantis.
Quick ahead to the late afternoon of Sept. 25. There perched within the flood of purple and gold blossoms was a gush of inexperienced, an attractive gravid praying mantis, S. limbata, wanting as if she’d by no means missed a meal and searching fairly Mama-like.
How did we ever miss her?