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Christmas tree smuggles hundreds of praying mantises into Virginia home

Christmas tree smuggles hundreds of praying mantises into Springfield home. (ABC7)

Before her Christmas tree was discarded, it gave Molly Kreuze one last gift.

“Bugs,” she says. “Crawling on the walls, crawling on the ceilings. Just kind of moving.”

More than 100 praying mantises popped out of a brown egg-case, which was under the tree’s branches.

Some people might have sucked up the little suckers with a vacuum. But Kreuze is a veterinarian, so she’s feeding them fruit flies and hoping to give them to someone who wants them.

“In my googling, I discovered people really like praying mantises,” she says. “They are useful, they eat other bugs, people use them for organic gardening.”

To capture them, Kreuze is using a “high-tech” system of a box and an envelope.

“I hope to find them a home,” she says. “I don’t want them.”

What Kreuze wants for next year is a fake Christmas tree.

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