Thursday, August 30, 2007

Praying Mantis Update


The other day when I went to turn the lights on in the garage I found the Praying Mantis again! I say again because I believe it’s the same Praying Mantis from my post titled “Garden Visitors” but of course I have no way of knowing for sure. But I’m pretty convinced it’s the same one since the garage door is just a few feet away from the planter where the cone flowers are planted & we usually keep the garage door open all day.

I put a piece of paper towel near him to crawl onto so I could place him back in the garden. He seemed happy to get back to the cone flowers but since then I haven’t seen him… maybe he snuck back into the garage!

23 comments:

Slick said...

Dang Sharon, that thing is huge!

If it was up to me to take that picture, I'd have to have a camera with high powered zoom.

I ain't kidding.

Sharon said...

Slick are you telling me you're afraid of a liitle ole' Praying Mantis?

K_tigress said...

If its a large mantis then most likely its female and the most likely to be eating its mate if mated. ;)
LOL I feel sorry for those male mantises.

Anonymous said...

Well she sure looks great with the white garage as a backdrop!

DweezelJazz said...

Wow! what fantastic photos of the fellow or 'fellowess' :) So lovely that you put him back in the garden. And very brave too! Me like little critters, but am often quite scaredycat of 'em.

barkfoot said...

You have some fun insects there. I could spend all day watching and photograghing those.

moggie said...

that's an impressive looking mantis, sharon! one of my fav subjects. i somehow always find them ending up on my lens when shooting them macro! : )

Sharon said...

k_tigress - I think you're right that it is a female... I have a tendacy to call all things "He."

Anonymous - The white backgrounds makes her really pop!

Dweezlejazz - I'm afraid of some critters but not Praying Mantises.

Barkfoot - They are fun to watch although they don't do much but stand like a statue and wait for their next meal.

Grump Les Tiltskin said...

Perhaps you should interrogate a particular African Grey about the mantis's whereabouts :-)

william wray said...
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william wray said...

Manny Mantis is cool, but where is my son?

archie FCD said...

That is a really cool mantis. Male or female. Have you ever carried them in your hand? They have scritchy feet :)

triple B's said...

He's probably roaming around, lost in your tomato vines.

Sonja said...

Maybe the mantis is trying to get out of the sun in these crazy hot hot days we're having here.

Gazard said...

Maybe it just want to be your pet.

Rauf said...

oh that was a sweet gesture Sharon ! Do they cause any damage to the plants ?
Reminds me of a Hugh Grant julianne Moore Movie ' 9 months '
Hi to Mookey

Madwag said...

cool bug... I had them when I lived in New Mexico... haven't seen one here tho...but that doesn't mean we don't have them... something for me to research now... :o)

LisaBinDaCity said...

Make him identify himself as the "real" praying mantis or the "imposter" one :-)

Two Pis and a Poi said...

What a great picture! Praying mantises are good luck...

Slick said...

I'm afraid of anything with no legs and more than 4. Period.

Checkin' in on ya...hope you had a good holiday and all is well!

Crazy Bitch said...

I have a cat in my garage!

Sandy said...

ohhhh great pics. I love these insects...

how is ole mooky doing..

MrManuel said...

My wife is scared to death of those. Says they are too creepy looking...