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Praying Mantis Wordless Wednesday

Praying Mantis
Praying Mantis.

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26 responses

  1. Very neat.~nita~

    23 October 2007 at 11:21 pm

  2. Yikes good gatch

    23 October 2007 at 11:52 pm

  3. Can you tell me why the colours are different? I only remember them being green, or is it just the light? They are elegant for insects.

    24 October 2007 at 6:52 am

  4. Ack! Get it off, get it off!!! :c)

    Praying over your head… probably a good thing, no?

    24 October 2007 at 6:56 am

  5. @ Nita – thanks
    @ Marcia – lol, thanks!
    @ Ruth – these pictures were taken late September and the reason they are green.
    @ Jayne – LOL! was funny when it climbed on me!

    24 October 2007 at 7:21 am

  6. What an awesome shot of this beautiful mantis, Tom!!! I will have to fave this over on flickr. 🙂

    A couple of weeks ago we had a mantis on our living room window, and he stayed for 4 days! You can see a picture of it here:

    24 October 2007 at 9:45 am

  7. Excellent photo of the mantis. I saw one close up on vacation a month ago. The one I saw turned his head to look at me when I got up close. I was really surprised.

    24 October 2007 at 10:33 am

  8. Hey cool Tom! I just got a magazine out of the library today and just read about praying mantis! I didn’t realize they have five eyes; 3 simple and 2 compound.
    I did know, however, that after they mate the female eats the male. She’s *done* with him I guess!

    24 October 2007 at 8:08 pm

  9. Not something I see much of. They are interesting to look at in the abstract, though.

    24 October 2007 at 8:44 pm

  10. This was supposed to be wordless, but that’s OK. Your few words are clever. Praying Mantis are wonderful. Haven’t seen one lately.

    24 October 2007 at 9:07 pm

  11. I’ve never seen a praying mantis….that’s one huge insect!!

    24 October 2007 at 9:36 pm

  12. Hi Mon@rch – I loved seeing those photos. I can’t believe Ruthie hasn’t seen one. Ruthie, you are so deprived! ;o) They are so neat, so beneficial. My family and I have seen at least one praying mantis in our yard every year for the past 3 or 4 years. My daughter (aka Red) and I both have quite a few photos. That gives me an idea about a new post. Maybe I can convince Red to post a couple of pix on her blog, too.

    24 October 2007 at 11:15 pm

  13. My favorite bug, I love it 🙂

    24 October 2007 at 11:19 pm

  14. @ Lisa – how many sites do you have! LOL! Thanks and they are great for sure!
    @ Erie – thanks and this bird was from about a month ago! I love the way they look around like that.
    @ Pam – I have heard both things before and they are great for sure!
    @ Trixie – thanks and they are fun for sure! I like holding them!
    @ I don’t think I have ever had a wordless without saying something! Maybe you have not seen one because it has been so dry your way?
    @ Ruthie – really, never??
    @ Mary C. – thanks and me also! Really Ruthie, never?? Maybe we should get one for you to raise? Mary, sorry! Great and will have to go check out those pictures!
    @ Bernie – thanks

    24 October 2007 at 11:48 pm

  15. Marg

    They are such a neat insect!

    25 October 2007 at 12:07 pm

  16. Grace

    We had a mantis egg case on one of our window–years ago. It was the shape of a half walnut, but maybe a little bigger and kind of papery. I think I took pictures of it. I will see if I can find them.

    25 October 2007 at 5:17 pm

  17. Should have posted that on Sunday!-nice photo.

    25 October 2007 at 10:25 pm

  18. The Adventurist

    Hey Tom,

    Great Photo! You don’t see many of them out and about. I have actually been told that the Mantis is endangered–you know anything about this? It would surprise me, actually. A few years back, while working in a factory, we use to have them show up by the hundreds on our outside walls when it rained. Awesome sight to see–and some of them could be rather large.

    Now if you could only find the famed Walking Stick–haven’t seen one of them in years..


    25 October 2007 at 10:30 pm

  19. @ Marg – thanks they are for sure!
    @ Grace – I should have kept the female since she had eggs in her!
    @ Larry – I only thought about it on Tuesday!
    @ Jason– thanks and they can be quite common! The day I found these two, they seemed to be just about everywhere! Although the Walking-stick would be a great find! I was a kid the last time I saw one also!

    25 October 2007 at 11:50 pm

  20. Love mantids … like homegrown aliens.

    26 October 2007 at 12:39 pm

  21. Great shot’s of the praying manthis ~nice hat 🙂
    Not brave enough to have one perch on my hand..:O
    I think you have made a pal!

    26 October 2007 at 9:51 pm

  22. Wow! Very cool!

    27 October 2007 at 3:00 pm

  23. I live on the Big Island of Hawaii, and the praying mantis is fairly common in gardens here, including ours. I wonder if they are the same species as yours? The ones here tend to be brownish, but with bright green wings. I think the species name for the ones here is Tenodera aridifolia sinensis.

    BTW we also have walking sticks here, but see them less frequently.

    27 October 2007 at 7:23 pm

  24. @ Marty – they sure are! Thanks
    @ Catherine – thanks and the hat makes it for sure! They are very laid back and shouldn’t have to worry about holding one!
    @ Liz – thanks
    @ Bobbie – welcome to my site and very glad you commented! I am not sure if these are the Chinese or European mantis because my search says they both could be found here! Maybe the photos above are one of each?? Not sure and never looked at them that close! Thanks again for your comments!

    27 October 2007 at 9:45 pm

  25. Kate

    Hey Tom – I am so impressed with your blog, work, and outstanding photos. I will definitely be back, and have grabbed the feed so I won’t miss the thing 🙂

    28 October 2007 at 12:22 am

  26. Mr.C

    hey, cool pics. I actually raise mantises every summer…I have one female left, trying to keep her alive all winter. She ate a bunch of crickets today but wasn’t looking too perky.

    31 October 2007 at 10:58 pm

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