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    Default My all-time fave insect EVER

    Found this little one running across the porch yesterday. Since the downstairs neighbor kids take great joy in squashing the life out of everything and everyone, I took it in. That's a quarter-inch cricket.... grasped in one arm, the Mantis darted to the top of the tank and then had dinner. I freakin' LOVE these bugs!


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    Mantids are awesome
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    Awesome find and nice pictures! Never seen one eat before I don't think.
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    Mantids are fascinating creatures!

    Last year, my hubby discovered a Chinese on the front walkway and called me out.. ahem, he's not a bug guy ...so I hurried out there and scooped the big girl up, relocated her in my organic garden in back and she guarded my vegetables fiercely all summer long. She even jumped down from her tomato plant perch, onto the walkway along the garden space, and blocked off the path of the visiting cable guy one afternoon. Hubby said it was like she was saying, "Hey! HALT!! Who goes there?"

    I hope I have another "guard" this summer!
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    I love mantids!!! They are so majestic looking
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    Got to love the mantids, great one you have there!
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    Must agree, best insect EVER. Awesome little guy!
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    These suckers grow QUICKLY! It has shed twice and doubled size in what, 2-3 weeks? WOW!

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    Nice! I used to keep praying mantids as pets. My favorite to keep were the pink flower mantids, they were just so beautiful. Someday I'd love to get a ghost, they're so creepy and oddworldly yet interesting in appearance. The greens used to be all over my yard, but now I don't find them anymore without introducing them first. :/

    In the winter I always try to buy mantis egg-cases at local flower conventions. You keep them in the fridge for a few months and then let them loose in the yard in the late spring/early summer. They're great natural pest removers.

    It's crazy when they hatch, there's just hundreds of them, and they all tunnel their way out of the case. I tried keeping a few as potential pets (in separate containers of course ) this year by breeding crickets for pinheads and buying fruit fly cultures to feed to them, but I failed miserably even though they ate. It was amazing to see a pint-sized mantis hunting though. Every now and then I see a few hanging out on the tomato plants outside, so I hope when they grow up I may be able to take them back in and care for them easier.

    Here's the last egg case I had the morning I found they had busted out. Right after, I let them all lose:

    (I had to touch it up a bit because the quality was so sucky. I was in such a rush in taking the pic, lol)
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    Wow...I though I was the only one that loved mantids....yea...I BELONG!
    My mantid Puca (RIP) use to eat crickets like corn on the cob...head in one hand/tail in the other and chomp away. I don't keep them any more because they don't live long so I observe from afar.

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