Have you ever looked out the second floor windows near Galleries 2 & 3 and wondered what was going on with all the plants on the rooftop below? If so, you were looking at COSI's Team Garden. For the past three years COSI Team Members have been able to sign up for a plot and create their very own rooftop container garden. Now that the weather has warmed up, the Team Garden is starting to take shape. It is awesome to be able to take a break from a busy day and get my hands dirty tending my vegetable plants.
This week an exciting event occurred in the Team Garden. A praying mantis egg case hatched, releasing scores of tiny mantids to patrol the plants in search for food. The praying mantis is considered a beneficial insect because it preys upon other insects, consuming pest species that can damage crops and other plants. The egg case that hatched in the Team Garden was purchased by a team member hoping to help control insect pests without using chemicals.
The hatching of the egg case serves as a good reminder that even if 'bugs' aren't your thing, not all insect species are pests. We would be in trouble without the beneficial insects that play critical roles in the environment as predators and pollinators.
Want to learn more about the praying mantis? Check out this Ohio State University Extension fact sheet:
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