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Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Wordful Wednesday - Praying Mantis Friend

I've mentioned before that we put out praying mantis egg sacs every year and use them to control our bug problems. Last weekend our neighbors found one in their bedroom and scooped it up and put it back outside. We were all charmed. Luckily, they like them too. (I had to confess that we might have placed a hatching egg sac in their tree earlier in the spring.)

Well, last week when T Rex Dad was on vacation and at home with T Rex when they discovered this on one of the speakers...


I love how you can see its shadow.

It's a really large mantis so it could not have been living in the house. He took it back outside and placed it on the Japanese maple tree. We consider mantids good luck and treat them with care.


Looking over its domicile from the maple.

Today when T Rex and I were eating lunch and watching the hummingbirds fight over the newly filled feeder I noticed our praying mantis friend crawling along the window. I could look right out the window and peer into its eyes. Very cool! My camera would not focus so I could take a shot from the inside but I did walk out and take its photo. Wow! It has grown huge! It is as long as my index finger. I would not be surprised if it eats one of those hummers (although, I really hope not)!


Over4 inches long (not including antennae)

We've been getting some good photos of the hummers so as soon as I upload those I will post them. In the mean time, I hope you enjoyed the photos of our favorite mantis.

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10 comments:

Alicia said...

Oh my gosh....I would freak out if I saw one of those!

But, they do kill the other bugs?? Then that's good!

Jennifer said...

Fantastic photos! My neighbour hatches them each year and tries and tries to get them to grow big, but I think they eat each other or maybe the birds get them? I have never seen one that large in person.

BallerinaBiker said...

Wow! That is huge! I didn't know they helped to control bugs. Now I need to get some. We had one last year on one of my bushes and I took lots of pictures. The boys were fascinated with it!

blueviolet said...

You captured that so beautifully! Really cool.

septembermom said...

Really cool close up photos! Awesome color. My kids would love to watch one of these guys.

Kim said...

I had no idea that they kill other bugs. There are certain bugs that scare the lights out of me...hmmmm. I love that you guys think he's good luck. Deaglan and I do a lot of bird watching and he is very quick to point out a robin I may have missed on our walks.

Hope you are doing well!!

Nina said...

Wow he is big. I am not one who likes bugs but I guess if he was controlling the other bugs I might be OK with the idea.

Muthering Heights and Other Senseless Sensibility said...

EWWWWWW!!!!!

Jenners said...

I know they are good bugs and all but they really freak me out -- their heads are so weird. And I do like how you got the shadow in that one photo.

Missus Wookie said...

Gorgeous photos, we like Mantises here. Nope no hummingbirds although Princess offered to buy me a feeder when we were in the US and I sighed over one. I declined figuring they weren't likely to do a 3000 out of their way trip.

But then we get tropical parakeets at the moment which is fun! Have you ever had bats at your hummer feeders? A friend in Brazil did....