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applestar
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Location: Zone 6, NJ (3/M)4/E ~ 10/M

A preying mantis guarding my vege's

A gorgeous preying mantis has been making my vege garden her home :D ... specifically the corn.
She looked like this two weeks ago:
[img]https://i290.photobucket.com/albums/ll272/applesbucket/Image1900.jpg[/img]
and now she looks like this -- perfectly camouflaged:
[img]https://i290.photobucket.com/albums/ll272/applesbucket/Image2356.jpg[/img]
(I hope the hummingbirds are being careful when they visit the scarlet runner bean flowers.)
I'm going to have to watch out for her egg case this fall so I don't accidentally damage/dispose it. :wink:

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JennyC
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Yay! I found one while looking for a tomato hornworm the other day. The worm never showed; I think the mantis got it! :D Will the egg case overwinter okay?

I also have two big orb weavers guarding my Romas -- the mantis is the Rutgers guardian. One of those weavers has gone from the size of a nickel to the size of a siver dollar this summer!
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Location: Louisburg, NC zone 7b

I've had one living in my grapevine on my back porch for the last several months. I love having them around.

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