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Post  Windsor.Parker on 9/23/2013, 2:19 pm

I really enjoy finding these guys in the garden!
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Here 'tis again, looking at the camera!
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Post  Cherbear on 9/23/2013, 3:01 pm

EEeek! That's an awesome photo! I am sure glad I'm not a bug!
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Post  CapeCoddess on 9/23/2013, 3:20 pm

OMG! Shocked  I've never seen one in real life.  Where are his eyes?  On the tippy ends of that white triangle head?

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Post  pattipan on 9/23/2013, 4:01 pm

I got a good closeup of a praying mantis awhile back. This guy was on my green beans. I had the camera up very close, so I think he looks a bit annoyed -- ha!

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Post  Windsor.Parker on 9/23/2013, 4:20 pm

@CapeCoddess wrote:OMG! Shocked  I've never seen one in real life.  Where are his eyes?  On the tippy ends of that white triangle head?

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Exactly, CC!
and you can see the eyes more clearly in pattipan's post above. Shocked
My DW likes to handle them Cherbear.affraid
Imagine watching one of them devour their prey! It's boogie woogie
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Post  jimmy cee on 9/23/2013, 5:08 pm

Many years ago when my 2 sons were in biology classes (both majored in it) they found one in our yard.
Being very inquisitive they made a terrarium that housed the mantis for a while .
The mantis would feed on insects that was deposited into the area, a most amazing creature it surely is.
Never have I seen such speed with their front arms grabbing a flying bug.
A couple of large bumble bees were added, they were watched very carefully and taken right out of the air, chewed and ate alive.
The mantis was released unharmed and seemed happy to have visited us.
No one believes the critters we have had when 2 sons were in school.
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Post  Windmere on 9/23/2013, 6:49 pm

These insects are indeed strange looking.  My wife found one inside our place of worship the other day and she carried it to the outside grounds.  I was very proud of her for doing that.  She has a real "thing" about being squeemish when it comes to bugs.

Many years ago, my father and I were watching a documentary about insects.  During that show, I learned that, after mating, the female mantis will rip off the head of the male.  I'll leave you with that.
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Post  Triciasgarden on 9/23/2013, 11:48 pm

Good photos and interesting stories!  Jimmy cee that sounds like you all learned so much with all the things your boys brought home.  I never knew they were fast but that would make sense.  I found an albino one in my garden and unless it had a relative, I saw it again a few months later.

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