Walnut-like mass found in Christmas tree in Ohio turns out to be praying mantis eggs

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ERIE COUNTY, OH (WTNH) — Keep an eye out as you’re picking out your Christmas tree this season! A mass that looked like a walnut was found in a Christmas tree in Ohio. Turns out, it’s a mass of praying mantis eggs.

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Officials out of Erie County, Ohio posted the warning on Facebook Tuesday: “Don’t bring them inside they will hatch and starve!”

Officials say, if you see any of these egg masses in your Christmas tree, “clip the branch and put it in your garden. These are 100-200 praying mantis eggs!”

According to officials, praying mantises can be beneficial to a garden because they eat other bugs.

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