While most people think of the Praying Mantis as a relatively docile green insect, they can be found in many shades of green and brown and they are one of the most deadly predators in your garden.
The best way to attract native Praying Mantis to your garden is to provide a welcoming habitat free of pesticides and herbicides. Generally, the hatchlings will find that your yard does not have enough food to warrant staying, so they leave.
In addition to being a good addition to your garden, Praying Mantis are also said to make interesting pets...
UPDATE: On 4/21/16, the egg case came to life! Tiny praying mantis emerged and began devouring pests almost immediately!
You can grow a surprising amount of food in your own yard. Ask me how!