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Needed: Good Shrub for Praying Mantis

 
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Location: Shenandoah Co., VA USA
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The plan was to spend February cleaning out a bunch of honeysuckles and greenbriars, step 1023 of reclaiming the land. But every few meters, I run into a praying mantis egg case. Now, I'm fond of those ladies and I don't want to disrupt their lifecycle, so I leave a clump of vines around each one. I'll have to go back and kill those in May, when I have plenty of other jobs to do.

Can you all recommend a useful shrub that I can put in those vicinities, which the mantises will regard as an acceptable substitute?
 
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My understanding is that they like dense shrubs of almost any kind that they can find food (bugs) in. Maybe a small clump of something productive. You said honeysuckle does well, have you considered replacing it with honey berry?
 
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I find a multitude of cases attached to the cedars I planted as a windbreak at the north edge of my yard--if you have some sort of evergreen on your place, I imagine they'd love it as well.
 
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I was always finding them in our evergreens. I believe anything dense will do, but especially what would be dense in the winter, maybe.
 
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I live in a cool summer climate- W. Oregon- and we have very few hot nights- and I usually see the praying mantis egg cases in hot microclimates- like on the south side of a tree stump, or on a dark rock. I think the type of veg is not of great importance to them. That Chinese honeysuckle is a prolific big shrub. (I've seen it "take over" the Midwest) I'm curious- is girdling an effective way to kill it?
 
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Good question that, the girdling.
I doubt it will work as cutting them to the ground doesn't seem to!
 
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