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Old 08-31-2011, 04:24 PM   #1
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So what do you call this guy?

The sucker is 4” long, biggest bug I’ve ever seen. Looked pretty harmless though.
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Old 08-31-2011, 04:36 PM   #2
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http://animals.nationalgeographic.co...raying-mantis/

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Old 08-31-2011, 04:56 PM   #3
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Thanks, I new he looked kind of familiar, just never met one before.
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Very good bug to have in your garden.

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Very good bug to have in your garden.

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I see that now, I should have brought it home, catch and release.
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You betcha!

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Besides being helpful in the garden, Praying Mantises also make interesting pets if kept in a terrarium. We found one in our back yard late last summer and the kids spent hours watching it and finding insects to feed it. The kids decided to set it free after a couple weeks so we let it go where we found it.

BTW, there are several youtube videos of Praying Mantises ambushing and eating hummingbirds. They have voracious appetites and I didn't know until researching what they eat that they can be carnivorous.

Here is one video of a Mantis attacking a bird. The Mantis was unsuccessful in this video and both the bird and the insect survived.

http://youtu.be/ep6vmpcUQR8
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Well I guess I was wrong on the harmless if it has you in itís sights.
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When we were kids my mom would pay a bounty for the nests in the spring. We would dig through the bushes in the neighborhood; they were easy to find. My mom would put them in the vegetable garden. You wouldn't believe how tiny the babies are when they hatch out, like this big >---<

My husband caught one tonight to show me in the 8 inch range - funny to come home and find your post
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While mowing the yard a couple of years ago, I noticed a small bug, probably less than 1/2" long, on my pant leg, but it's relatively unique shape caught my eye, and I realized that it was the smallest praying mantis that I had ever seen. So, since both of us enjoy that type of thing, I carefully relocated it to the tip of my finger, and headed toward the house to show my wife. Son of a gun! At some point that little bugger bit or pinched the pad of my finger, and I ended up with a small blood blister there for a couple of days. They're still neat though, and we're always glad to see them around the garden.
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I brought one inside once and kept it in a terrarium, very cool to watch them grab and eat insects. A short while later she laid her eggs, and when they hatched out they were indeed very tiny. About the size of small ants, so I set them outside with the lid off to release them all. Hope many of them survived

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