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A preying mantis guarding my vege's

Posted: Tue Aug 19, 2008 11:31 am
by applestar
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:

Posted: Mon Aug 25, 2008 9:07 pm
by JennyC
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!

Posted: Mon Oct 13, 2008 3:26 pm
by Toms92gp
I've had one living in my grapevine on my back porch for the last several months. I love having them around.