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Can I release praying mantis all year?
Last year I did really well with your praying mantis, the nymphs kept the aphids in check, which is my biggest problem here. Once they get bigger they seem to leave. I guess I don’t have enough larger size bugs to keep them in the garden.
Last week I still saw some tiny ones hanging around. Here in AZ, the garden still has a bunch of stuff growing. What I found was that late summer / fall there were hardly any nymphs and the aphids were so bad I ripped out the kale, turnips, radishes and cabbage and gave up on them.
Question: what time schedule would you recommend for setting out egg cases throughout the season? every 2- 3 weeks? How late in the summer do you still have egg cases? Can I pre-order and get them delivered on schedule through out the entire season? I would still have kale and cabbage growing if the nymphs were in the garden in Oct and Nov.
They are really friendly too – they would climb on my sleeve while I was working and even hitch a ride into the house once in a while! Some would even take moths from my fingers.
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