Two Masses On Woman’s Christmas Tree Turn Out To Be Hundreds Of Eggs—And They All Hatched ????

We hope you all had a wonderful Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Winter Solstice — just an all-around happy holiday season no matter what you celebrate. If your celebration involves pine trees, we’re about to ruin it. Brace yourself.

Molly Kreuze of Springfield, Virginia was having a relatively uneventful holiday season at first. She’d gotten her gifts, decorations, and tree all taken care of and things were jingling right along. Then one morning she woke to find her walls and ceiling “just kind of moving.” Hundreds of tiny insects had hatched from her Christmas tree.

Cue us over here like: 

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Molly is a veterinarian so she knew she didn’t want to hurt the little bugs. Instead, she got to work collecting them and trying to find food and new homes for them before they ate each other.


It turns out the insects were praying mantises. Molly’s Christmas tree was acting like a nursery, housing egg sacs laid by mama mantis. Each sac can contain hundreds of the little buggers and they need to eat. Praying mantises are incredible hunters and are often referred to as nature’s best pest control since they voraciously consume peskier insects. These trees would be full of insects if they were in their natural setting, but it’s Christmas so they’re in our living rooms instead. The mantises hatch in people’s Christmas trees and they’re met with ornaments, not insects to eat. Except one another. Before you know it you’ve got a holiday bloodbath on your hands. Evidently, this sort of thing happens all the time around the holidays.

Praying mantises hatch in Christmas trees then cannibalize each other. Nature is festive.


Twitter seems kind of impressed, honestly. 


So here we are reminding you to check your holiday decor! Anything that uses natural pine branches could be carrying mantis egg sacs.

They look like this: 

If you happen to see a walnut sized/shaped egg mass, on your Christmas tree, don’t fret, clip the branch and put it in…

Posted by Daniel Reed on Sunday, December 10, 2017


Remove them and put them outside to hatch for plentiful natural pest control. If you leave them in your house, be ready for an even bigger holiday sibling smackdown than usual.