The Travels of Manny, the Praying Mantis
What the heck? Isn’t this supposed to be an RV travel blog? Well, as it turns out, we have shared our journey with Cary’s pet, Manny the Praying Mantis. 🙂
On January 25, 2021, we discovered about 100 teeny, tiny bugs on the floor in our dining room. We finally realized they were teensy praying mantis babies about the length of a pinky fingernail. It turns out that when we brought all our plants in for the winter, one of the plants had an egg sac attached to a branch. The heat in the house caused the praying mantises to hatch.
Cary, being Cary, decided to keep all the ones he could save. He made a terrarium from an empty 7.5 lb Old Bay container. Mantis are cannibals (eat their own and other insects) and so Cary bought wingless fruit flies from the local pet shop.
After about a week, only one Praying Mantis remained…survival of the fittest. Cary named him Manny and explained that Manny was coming along with us in the RV.
We’ve both become quite attached to Manny. Cary searches each of our campsites for ants, small flies, beattles, gnats and sandfleas that he puts inside Manny’s Old Bay home. Like Manny, I’ve been praying for the past two months….that the Old Bay terrarium does not fall over and spill all the bugs inside the RV!