Wednesday, September 09, 2015

Wordless Wednesday: Rescued Praying Mantis


10 comments:

  1. Rescued from where? From what? We desperately need some words here!

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  2. Ha! I was just wondering the same things!

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  3. John-- He was stuck between the glass door and the screen. No way out, except into the house. I helped him make an exit. He still didn't like me very much afterward.

    bev-- This mantis has been hanging around for days and days. He got into the space between the screen and sliding door. I used my trusted glass jar and post card to help him to freedom!

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  4. Robin Andrea: Did you know that preying mantises in the United States are imports from Asia? I just learned this. Despite my disdain for invasive Asian organisms (in general), I still love preying mantises and would rescue one caught in the situation you described.

    Anecdote: When I was a youngster and an amateur naturalist, I found a preying mantis egg case (I didn't know what it was) and brought it into the house in a paper bag. Within a few days, the house was crawling with baby manitses. My mother absolutely freaked out and quickly dispatched the brood. I was told in no uncertain terms to never do something so stupid again. Of course, I didn't listen (but I never did specifically bring a mantis egg case into the house again).

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  5. Did you know they will attack hummingbirds?? I found one hiding under my feeder and had to remove it gently when I found out they would attack the small birds.

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  6. Scott-- I think I remember once knowing that mantises were imports from Asia. I have forgotten so many things lately. It's so interesting getting old! Great story about your mantis egg case. I'm sure your mom was not happy about all those little critters in the house!

    Arkansas Patti-- I didn't know they would attack a hummingbirds. I almost photographed this mantis with a hummingbird just a few inches away from it. I think this mantis is looking for a pretty green female for a little late summer romance!

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  7. My fearless mother detested them. She said they freaked her out the way they tilted their heads. We kids had to do the removal if one even got on the screens.

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  8. NCmountainwoman-- Mantises are definitely interesting creatures. They do have a way of tilting their head looking at you, so you really know you are being looked at. Makes me wonder what their vision is like. Good thing your mom had you and your siblings to remove them for her!

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  9. ah, Robin, you have such a good heart. always rescuing small creatures. If you were Catholic, I'd say St. Francis was your patron saint.

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  10. Tara-- I always feel like I'm trying to balance all the killing that goes on in the world with each little rescue.

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