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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'.... 



(Nikon D5200, 36mm extension tube)


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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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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.





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



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


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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.




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