PRAYING MANTIS: Ninja Warrior of the Garden!
For quite some time, I thought that the Praying Mantis was an endangered and protected species in Pennsylvania. I recently learned that this idea likely began in the 1950s, in an effort to discourage homeowners from killing these helpful pest predators. In reality, according to many sources (including Praying-Mantis.org–see below), Praying Mantis are not–nor have ever been–endangered or protected.
Praying Mantis are considered desirable additions to the ecosystem; many gardeners wish they had more in their yards to decrease the need for pesticides. So, when you see one, be grateful that this unique and beneficial creature has found refuge in your garden. Welcome it gladly and enjoy watching its antics for a minute or two!
Shared by Betty Hanselman
Gardener’s wife (& grateful “warrior” watcher)
Recently, we have seen these insect Ninjas throughout our garden–shown here on Pieris, Cryptomeria, and Pine straw mulch.