If you don’t use pesticides good bugs will thrive and eat the bad bugs! This praying mantis is taking care of my Earthkind Belinda rose. Earthkind roses are strong enough to cultivate with good soil culture and no synthetic pesticides.Look for the Earthkind designation when you are choosing roses for this coming spring.
To praying mantises all bugs are good bugs – for their dinner. Mantises are beneficial, but eat bees and other beneficial insects as well as aphids, mosquitoes, flies, and beetles. Overall they are a big plus. They mate in the fall and lay egg cases that overwinter, with baby mantises hatching in the spring.