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Welcome Back! September General Meeting

Welcome Back!

September 16th @ 6:30pm General Meetingyellow swallowtail

Hall A


Parsons Patch gets a small visitor


Who let the bugs out!

A praying mantis checks out the Patch!
A praying mantis checks out the Patch!

Praying mantids may be one of the most easily recognized insects. They have a large triangular-shaped head with two large, compound eyes and characteristic raptorial front legs that are normally held together as if in prayer. Bodies are long and narrow and have leathery wings that may or may not extend beyond the abdomen. Mantids vary greatly in size and can be anywhere from 2/5-12 inches long. Camouflage is very important to mantid survival and colors vary from light greens, to browns and pinks. Various species have evolved to not only blend with the foliage, but to mimic it, appearing as either living or withered leaves, sticks, tree bark, blades of grass, flowers, or even stones.Praying mantids eat insects and other invertebrates such as beetles, flies, butterflies, crickets, grasshoppers, and even spiders. They pose on plants with their spiny front legs held in front of them, ready to strike and capture any insect that comes close enough to become its meal.

Praying mantises are beneficial because they prey upon many other insects, some of which may be a threat to crops and vegetation.

Report Your Hours!!!




don’t forget to REPORT YOUR HOURS!!! they are due by September 30th

??????Interns ask your Mentors,Mentors check with your Interns??????

September Board Meeting

purdue hcmga logoBoard of Directors Meeting

Hamilton County Master Gardener Association

Tuesday, September 2, 2014 @ 6:30 p.m.

Hamilton County 4H-fairgrounds conference room

Master Gardener Class Schedule - Hamilton County

Master GardenerĀ purdue hcmga logoSchedule – Hamilton County

Applications are no longer being accepted for 2014.

The next classes should begin in mid- August 2015 and end in November or December 2015.

In the past classes have met weekly at 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. (if there is sufficient interest) and repeat at 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. depending on demand. The evening class has usually filled first.

Alternatively, you may send your name, mailing address and home phone to , Hamilton County MG Program Coordinator, to receive information on the Fall 2015 class.