connectVideoChristmas tree, walnut-shaped masses on? Not to put them in
A viral Facebook post warns if you are walnut-shaped masses on your christmas tree, don’t bring it inside is home to nearly 400 praying mantis eggs that still need hatching.
Under the glittering lights and shiny ornaments, real, fresh cut christmas trees can be almost 400 praying mantis eggs that still need hatching.
A Facebook user post warning of the brown, walnut-shaped mass went viral ahead of the holiday in 2017 — and making the rounds again.
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“If you happen to be a walnut size/shape of the egg mass, on your christmas tree, do not be afraid, cut the branch and put it in your garden. These are 100-200 praying mantis eggs!” Daniel Reed wrote in the time. “We had two egg-masses on our tree this year. Not to put them inside they will hatch and starve!”
While Reed estimated there may be 200 eggs, gardening company Safer Brand said there could be even more — possible up to 400 eggs in the bag.
If the egg sacs are not removed, they will start to breed “after he within weeks,” the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, Bureau of Plant Industry states online. “When this happens, many small mantids swarm over the tree in search of food.”
These bloodthirsty creatures will begin to eat one another if they can’t find another source of food, according to the bureau, which urged those who purchase real christmas trees to look for the “light tan, walnut-sized, frothy egg-masses on the tree before it’s within.”
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“Cut a twig with an attached egg mass and place it in an evergreen shrub or tree in the open air. In the spring, eggs will hatch and the mantids will have appropriate food available,” the department added.
While these insects are carnivores, they are not a threat to humans, according to National Geographic.