I love these little guys... {Gardening Chronicles

I have to say when I see these little guys they make my heart happy...Did you know that:

  • They are not a native insect?  They are typically exotic and were introduced to the U.S.
  • They lay hundreds of eggs in a Styrofoam type of pouch.
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  • Indeed...the female does eat the male sometimes after mating.  It happens more in captivity though then in the great outdoors.  So the fella has a bit of a fighting chance.  Perhaps.
  • They do eat other insects in your garden...be warned they will eat the "good bugs" just as often as the "bad bugs" though.  Don't believe all the garden store hoopla that the are crazy beneficial...they are beneficial but they can be a bit too much in a small garden like my little kitchen garden.
  • They are simply fascinating and beautiful creatures.
  • They have one ear...on there belly.  Some don't have any ears at all,  they typically are the non flying type.

This year I found, no fewer than, 20 egg nests in the front flower bed.  I promptly put them through out the yard instead of all in one spot.  Figured a little space would do them some good :-) We kept one in the aquarium though.  We keep one on the front porch for just such creatures.  We love to watch!  This little fella has grown and stayed close to "home" though.  So fun to watch him...or her.

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The kids LOVE when mom picks them up and let's them crawl all over...they think this is quite hysterical :-)