Posts Tagged ‘praying mantids’

4MantisEggCasesI sent these to other gardeners, to spread the genes around and to reduce cannibalism.  We’ll see if the cases that I kept are enough to ensure giant green eating machines in my yard this summer!

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Just out for my late morning amble….

It hadn’t occurred to me that mantids only immobilized their victims after capture. I thought there was some quick, venomous bite involved… But no: this one just grabbed a bumblebee on a nearby aster flower, nipped off its wings, and began chowing down. If a bee limb flailed too much, that, too, was clipped, and dining resumed.

Would you like to join me for lunch? I was just setting the table…

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