running loose in the garden

Oscar decided to set his preying mantis free today. I’m so glad. It was fun to watch him grow from a tiny 1 cm long baby, and fun to watch him chomp on other bugs, but he’s a big guy now and needs his space.

5 thoughts on “running loose in the garden

  1. Ellen says:

    This is fun. Since moving to a new area in the country, we have discovered many preying manti! (plural?) The smallest one we found was about a centimeter long. We only kept it for a day or two before letting it go. Did you keep yours in a bug house and feed it other bugs? How did you keep it so long?

  2. Bethany says:

    If that one is really as brown as it looks on my computer, it may actually be a her rather than a him. “Hims” are a brilliant green. Glad you guys had this experience…they’re so fun!

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