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Wish I could keep this cute little fella....

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#1 Jim4321

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Posted 15 November 2015 - 01:22 PM

Found him on the back door window (north side of house) yesterday.  He was still there today, so I cupped him with a jar, and jiggled him into it.  Praying mantises aren't really uncommon around here, but this is the 1st juvenile I recall seeing this late in the year.  _If_ I had a food source, I'd keep him thru the winter.  I have to assume he'll go into hibernation outside. (That's the edge of a US penny for scale).  So unless  I can turn up a few gnats, he goes back outside tomorrow.  I may set him free on the south side of the house, tho'.... 

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(Nikon D5200, 36mm extension tube)

 

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#2 Dr Morbius

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Posted 15 November 2015 - 01:28 PM

Saw a full sized one kill and eat a mouse.............incredible!


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Posted 15 November 2015 - 02:29 PM

FTFY  :)


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#4 WillCarney

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Posted 20 December 2015 - 11:02 PM

I took pictures of one green and one brown one before the cold hit.  They are great friends in my garden.  I look for their cocoons and put them in a protected place for the winter.  The more of these guys you have the less chemicals you need for your yard or garden.

 

https://www.dropbox....mantis.jpg?dl=0

https://www.dropbox....mantis.jpg?dl=0

 

Here's something I hate in the garden.  It eats tomato plants and I destroy them unless they have white eggs on them.

https://www.dropbox....C_6204.JPG?dl=0

 

Look at this picture.  The worm has white eggs on it.  They are tiny wasps that will destroy the worm.  These are little friends.

https://www.dropbox....C_6205.JPG?dl=0



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Posted 23 June 2018 - 05:18 PM

That's not a juvenile praying mantis. That's a mantisfly, of family Mantispidae in the Order Neuroptera. The veining on the wings is distinctive and quite different from that of a praying mantis (Order Mantodea) - and juvenile praying mantids don't typically have full-size wings at all. I kept a Chinese praying mantis as a pet a few years back, rearing it from early instars to death as a mature and somewhat elderly adult. It was a fascinating creature.

 

https://en.wikipedia...iki/Mantispidae

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mantis


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