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More than a hundred praying mantises invade home after egg case hatches in Christmas tree


Added 01-10-19 12:13:02am EST - “A woman is scooping praying mantises into shoe boxes and awaiting an organic-gardening fairy godmother (or father) who might like to take them after an egg case hatched in her Christmas tree, invading her house.” - Nydailynews.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Nydailynews.com: “More than a hundred praying mantises invade home after egg case hatches in Christmas tree - NY Daily News”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

There’s the partridge in the pear tree, and then there’s the praying mantis in the Christmas tree.

A hundred of them, in fact. They arrived in the home of Molly Kreuze in an egg case nestled among the branches. By the time the 12 days of Christmas had wound up to the 12 drummers drumming, there were many more times that number of praying mantises roaming around her house.

“Bugs,” Kreuze told WJLA in Washington D.C. “Crawling on the walls, crawling on the ceilings. Just kind of … moving.”

CREEPY: Before it was tossed in the trash— a #Virginia woman’s Christmas tree gave her one last gift... 100+ new friends.Story on @ABC7News at 6pm. #Springfield #FairfaxCounty #Bugs #Insects #Creepy #PrayingMantis pic.twitter.com/jvpnx0vbA6

The insects are beloved by many and considered a sign of good luck in some cultures, according to the Old Farmer’s Almanac, but perhaps Kreuze got too much of a good thing. To her credit, she hasn’t killed them. The veterinarian is scooping them into shoe boxes, storing them in a plastic bin and feeding them fruit flies as she seeks an organic gardener who might want to seed his or her vegetable plot with the insect-devouring creatures.

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