SILVER LAKE — A few weeks back we posted a photo of a Monarch butterfly that was raised by Sandy Driscoll in her Silver Lake backyard. Turns out Sandy is not the only Silver Lake resident who likes to nurture insects. Bern French (who shared the photo above) is a fan of the praying mantis, which French finds interesting and, as a side benefit, eats all sorts of “bad” insects. Each year, French places a dozen or more praying mantis eggs casings around his property. “Now and again I see one as an adult and looking for a mate.
“I’m from the East Coast, where they are found all over and were the only pets us city kids could keep in an apartment,” French said in an email. “They live only one year, but each year I find a few that were born here from the ones I hatched. Plus, they are big and often friendly enough to hold.”
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