Here’s some fun fodder for the “real Christmas tree vs. artificial tree” debate that’s been raging among many — including Fox News host Laura Ingraham of “The Ingraham Angle” and Fox News contributor Raymond Arroyo.
Molly Kreuze, a resident of Springfield, Virginia, was ready to throw out her live Christmas tree last week when she found a surprise in it.
One of the branches contained a praying mantis egg sac — and now, she has more than 100 insects living in her home as short-term pets.
“Bugs. Crawling on the walls, crawling on the ceilings. Just kind of moving,” Kreuze said, according to WJLA, an ABC-TV affiliate in Washington, D.C.
Rather than squashing the bugs or letting them go free into the frigid winter climate, Kreuze — a veterinarian — decided to keep them in a shoe box and feed them fruit flies.
Her goal is to find them a new home.
— Laura Ingraham (@IngrahamAngle) January 10, 2019
— WSB-TV (@wsbtv) January 10, 2019
I’m with Laura. Fake Christmas tree? What next? Rice cakes left for Santa?
— James Marchini (@RamJJM) January 10, 2019
While Kreuze does not want the insects long term, she wants them to be able to live and understands that they could help someone else.
“In my googling, I discovered people really like praying mantises,” she later said. “They are useful, they eat other bugs, and people use them for organic gardening.”
(Contrary to rumors that circulated years ago, it is not a federal crime to kill a praying mantis, as many people fervently believed — though there may be local ordinances that prohibit it.)
Praying mantises are used in organic gardens because they are carnivores. They don’t eat plants; they eat other insects that can harm gardens like flies, crickets, caterpillars, grasshoppers and moths.
The downside, however, is that praying mantises also eat insects that help gardens by pollinating plants like honey bees and butterflies, as SFGate and others have pointed out.
Although Kreuze wants to help out the praying mantises this time around, it’s hard to see this scenario coming up again for her in the future.
That’s because she plans on …