Yellowing Leaves On Prayer Plant: How To Fix Yellow Maranta Foliage?
In the past few years there have been many reports of yellowing leaves on prayer plants. Some say it’s due to insect attack while others believe it’s from a fungus or even some sort of disease. However, all agree that praying mantis is one of the most common species found around our home and garden areas.
So what causes its leaves to turn yellow?
The answer lies with the praying mantis’ symbiotic relationship with the prayer plant. When the praying mantis feeds on the plant, it releases chemicals into its body which cause the leaves to turn yellow. There are several theories as to why this happens, but no one really knows for sure because there aren’t any insects known that feed exclusively on prayer plants yet! (Well maybe there is a beetle that does. But I don’t think they’re very abundant.)
What we do know is that when the praying mantis eats the plant, it releases toxins into its system which then affects other parts of its body. These include causing its legs to become stiff and brittle, making them unable to move at all. It also causes the mouthparts to be covered in sharp teeth and cause it to lose coordination. Other symptoms may include difficulty breathing, loss of appetite, and vomiting blood. It’s a slow and terrible death.
But don’t worry, you probably won’t see any of these symptoms in your garden. No, what you’re more likely to see is a praying mantis that has been chewing on your prayer plant leaves. It’s abdomen will be swollen with eggs and it will be clearly sickly. If this scenario is true, your best bet is to simply move the praying mantis far away from your garden and hope for the best. It’s quite possible that the praying mantis will leave after it’s done with its laying eggs stage.
The other most likely scenario is that you’ll find a dead praying mantis in your garden. After eating the plant, the praying mantis’ body will suffer an allergic reaction and die shortly after. If this happens, dispose of its body and make sure any children or pets don’t get into its body.
The last scenario is the least likely. You’ll find a praying mantis that seems perfectly happy and healthy. These are probably female praying mantises that haven’t eaten any prayer plant leaves yet. They’re still around because they want to lay eggs somewhere safe. It’s unlikely that they’ll eat any more of your prayer plants at this point.
So what can you do about all this?
If you’re like me, you’ll probably just want these praying mantises to leave your garden and never return. To do this, move the mantis far enough away from your home so it can’t find its way back. Also try not to move any other objects out of your yard too. The mantis is attracted to movement and will likely follow anything that moves.
You can also try to get rid of the praying mantis humanely. It’s best not to kill it, because you don’t want it to end up as scavenger food. Instead, try moving it somewhere far away and hope that it gets eaten by something else.
Finally, you can choose to live and let live. It really is your choice to make. If you decide to do this, just remember to keep an eye out for any new symptoms in your garden. You never know when the praying mantis’ appetite might change!
Note: This concludes the story portion of this rp. The remainder of it will be in list format.
-List of plants in Maritza’s garden: Apple tree, peach tree, blackberry bush, blueberry bush, wild strawberry plant, wild mint plant, rose bush, hibiscus bush, morning glory vine, jasmine vine, honeysuckle vine, sunflower patch.
-Praying mantis’ favorite foods: most insects and arachnids, small frogs and lizards, smaller birds and their eggs, smaller snakes, small rodents, and even a few kinds of small mammals.
-Praying mantis’ prey: most insects and arachnids, small frogs and lizards, smaller birds and their eggs, smaller snakes, small rodents, and even a few kinds of small mammals.
-Praying mantis’ predators: most birds of prey, larger snakes, large rats, humans, and other larger mammals. (Humans aren’t a typical predator of praying mantis, but you never know… Someone with a gun might shoot at it and miss, or a human child might see it as a toy and grab it. You know, the kind of stuff that only happens every few years or so…)
-A praying mantis will eat its own kind if the opportunity presents itself.
-Praying mantis’ egg clusters sometimes look like small pine cones and sometimes resemble little puffs. The latter is rarer.
-A female praying mantis can lay up to several hundred eggs in one clutch. (Not all of them will hatch, though. Some eggs will be eaten by other insects before they have a chance to hatch. Also, many of the hatching mantises will eat each other as well.)
-A praying mantis can live up to a year and a half in captivity, while in the wild it usually lives much shorter life spans.
-In captivity, a praying mantis can live several weeks to several months without eating. In the wild, it’s probably shorter.
-The largest number of people it’s been reported that a single praying mantis has killed is around three hundred. (This was during wartime, though, and the victims of the mantis were mostly unarmed civilians.) Similarily, the largest number of people it’s been reported that a single mantis has been killed by is around twenty.
-If the praying mantis is scared or threatened, it will often stand very still and/or remain motionless until the threat is gone. It’s also been known to lay low and play dead in order to fool potential threats.
-It’s easy to differentiate a male from a female by sight. The male is smaller and much more slender than the female, who is larger and bulkier. The female’s wings are usually shorter and less wide than the male’s wings.
-Mantises are related to a wide range of insects. (For instance, the famous May Beetles are part of the same family as the mantis. They just look very different.)
-The praying mantis is not the only insect in the world with the word “praying” in its name. There’s also the preying mantis, which is part of the related family that includes water scorpions and zelocks. (Zelocks are aquatic insects that swim around in fresh and salt water. They’re not very big and are easy to catch. They do have a painful sting, though.
Preying mantises are much smaller than their praying mantis cousins and have much smaller wings in comparison to their bodies. They’re omnivores like the praying mantis and are also related to the zelocks. They look more like mini flying lobsters than anything else, though.)
-The praying mantis has the unique ability to turn its head and body completely backwards.
-There’s a famous myth about a praying mantis that dates back to ancient times in China. The myth goes like this: A man found a female praying mantis that had been hopping around on one broken wing for several days. He pitied the creature and picked it up to help it along, but just then a hungry spider crawled out from a hole in a nearby tree and wandered over the ground in the hopes of finding a meal. The man put the mantis down so he could go kill the spider. The mantis, seeing her enemy, did not run or give way, but made a sudden turn and caught the spider in her forelegs and began to devour him.
The man picked her up again and carried her home, where she soon recovered. The moral of the story: Sometimes the weak can overcome the strong, especially with cunning.
After further research, the name of this myth is actually “The History of the Mantodea,” but it’s still commonly referred to as the mantis myth. However, there are some people who say that the event in the story never actually happened and was just written as an allegory for the rise of the mantis tribe (mantodea) in Asian history.
It’s also interesting to note that tales like this may have been what inspired the movie “Prachi vs. The Spider Monster” (A movie about a brave girl who fights a giant spider with her fists. It was made in 2047 and is one of the most successful B-rate movies of all time.)
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Sources & references used in this article:
Care of foliage and flowering plants for retail outlets by HA Poole, DR Pittenger – 1980 – kb.osu.edu
Care of house plants by V Peerless – 2017 – Dorling Kindersley Ltd
Interior Plants: Selection and Care by MK Hogan – 2007 – Sterling Publishing Company, Inc.