It is that time of year when folks bring a tree inside and discover it full of praying mantis eggs. If you observe a peculiar walnut-like growth on your tree, you should not bring it indoors, according to a Facebook post by Officials in Erie County, Ohio, that is once again spreading around the Internet.
“PSA: Don’t be alarmed if you see a walnut-sized/shaped egg mass on your Christmas tree; simply remove the branch and plant it in your yard. These are the eggs of 100-200 praying mantises! “They penned a letter in the mail.”Don’t bring them inside; they’ll hatch and perish!”
Of course, this advice is only for persons who live in places where praying mantises may be found. The praying mantises themselves are in danger. Except for their target, which is luckily not us, the animals are completely harmless.
Even with their uncommon, venomless bites, they are unlikely to harm people and do not spread illness. Meanwhile, if the mantis too transferred into a pleasant, comfortable, insect-free living room for Christmas, they would be in a great risk of being hungry. Before you see up to 200 praying mantises crawling out of their eggs, Ohio officials recommend cutting off the branch and placing it outside.
Please do not bring these growths within if you observe them on the tree, as the official’s advice. Glass-wearing praying mantises revealed that their insect order was perceived with a unique, motion-based kind of stereoscopic vision during one of the few neuroscience investigations that can be described as charming.
Only species where the line of sight from each eye overlaps extensively in the center have this form of vision. The brain analyses the differences in the visual information coming from each eye in mammals and birds that have acquired this ability to detect where objects are in space – dubbed depth perception. Mantises have stereo vision, which allows them properly judge distance when plucking passing prey with their forelegs, according to researchers. Despite the fact that the insects’ brains are quite tiny (1 million neurons compared to our 100 billion), a Newcastle University researcher wonders how they are able to quickly digest the huge quantity of data generated by overlapping vision.