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SPRINGFIELD, Va. - It was a Christmas gift that, unfortunately, kept on giving.
A Virginia woman had to deal with more than 100 praying mantises that got loose from a box under her Christmas tree, WJLA reported.
“Bugs,” Molly Kreuze, of Springfield, told the television station. “Crawling on the walls, crawling on the ceilings. Just kind of moving.”
CREEPY: Before it was tossed in the trash— a #Virginia woman’s Christmas tree gave her one last gift... 100+ new friends.— Tim Barber (@ABC7TimBarber) January 4, 2019
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The insects got loose from a brown egg-case that was under the tree’s branches, WJLA reported.
Kreuze, who is a veterinarian, has been using a box and envelope to catch the critters. She is feeding the captured bugs fruit flies and wants to find a home for them.
“In my Googling, I discovered people really like praying mantises,” Kreuze told the television station. “They are useful, they eat other bugs, people use them for organic gardening.
“I hope to find them a home. I don’t want them.”