mantis - good or bad?
have had an explosion of praying mantis in our garden. What do they
eat? Are they good or bad?
MANTIS are as friendly in the garden as their graceful appearance
implies, feeding not on plants but on a wide range of insects, including
flies, mosquitoes, caterpillars, wasps, cicadas and aphids. They
have a voracious appetite and aren't too fussy about what or who
they eat, sometimes even resorting to eating their own kind!
There are two kinds of
praying mantis in New Zealand, the South African springbok mantis,
which was first recorded in 1978 and is now well established around
the greater Auckland area, and the common mantis which you can find
in many parts of the country.
Gardener, Issue 175, 2005, Page 30
Reproduced with permission from the former Weekend Gardener magazine. The views expressed here are not necessarily those of the RNZIH.