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Re: The Sun is Back!

Praying mantis eat anything that moves they can catch - bad bugs and  
good ones alike. Once watched one snag a bumble bee in mid flight and  
completely devour it in about a minute. I understand that mantis are  
not found much further north than Illinois and have noted that the  
ones here are much smaller than the ones I saw in Maryland when I  
lived there.

Cathy, west central IL, z5b

On Jun 11, 2006, at 2:59 AM, Judy Browning wrote:

> I'm always thrilled to see a praying mantis in my garden.  
> Unfortunately, all of my cats have thought they were fun cat  
> snacks, so I've never had a large population, usually see one or 2  
> a season.
> ----- Original Message ----- From: "SueNY" <sue.nyc@att.net>
> To: "Gardens & Gardening" <GARDENS@LSV.UKY.EDU>
> Cc: <gardenchat@hort.net>
> Sent: Saturday, June 10, 2006 1:03 PM
> Subject: [CHAT] The Sun is Back!
>>  Well after about a week of nothing but rain rain and more rain,  
>> along with
>> cool temps (65-70 daytime, 55-60 night time) the sun has returned.
>> Unfortunately it came along with high winds. *sigh*  I hope the  
>> cool wet
>> weather hasn't hurt my veggies. They all look pretty good. I am  
>> lucky enough
>> to live within walking distance of two lovely nurseries so I went  
>> for a walk
>> today. Ended up getting a gorgeous trailing petunia, some  
>> impatients, a flat
>> of dusty miller and a nice pot of lavender. One of the nurseries  
>> was giving
>> away tomato plants for free because they had overstocked! Too bad  
>> I already
>> have more than enough. :-)  Everything seems to be doing well for  
>> me so far.
>> My cukes bounced back and are getting huge, my herb seedlings are  
>> nice and
>> happy, even all my geranium seeds sprouted! The only think I'm not  
>> sure
>> about is my rose bush. It was dormant when we got it about 2 weeks  
>> ago and
>> of course right after we planted it the rain and cold came. I hope  
>> it will
>> be okay!
>> Oh, and we have lots of lovely ladybugs! :-) One of the nurseries  
>> I was at
>> was selling pouches of 1500 each. They also had praying mantis  
>> eggs. The
>> nurseryman said they eat just about every pest you can think of.  
>> Anyone have
>> any in their garden?
>> Sue
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