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?
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?
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?