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Praying Mantises

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

If you've been a long time reader you might remember last year when my dad found that the field behind their house was full of praying mantises. (See the post here!) I've been anxiously awaiting the time to go look for them again since basically the day after we found those ones. On Labor Day this year when I was at my parents we took a quick trip back to the field only to find they weren't there yet. I was nervous thinking we might have missed them this year but last Wednesday we took another trip back to find them and hit the jackpot. They blend in so well, it's incredible. When you're in the field, at first you can't see any but then your eyes adjust and you realize those aren't leaves, they're praying mantis and they're everywhere!
Over the weekend we went back again to look for more only to find one. It's amazing how easy it is to miss things in nature if you don't look close enough or aren't there at just the right time.
xoxo

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  1. omg to me these are so horrible! i am so afraid i would shake if i'd see one!

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  2. Awesome shots, I've only seen 1 or 2 my whole life. :P

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  3. Is it odd of me to say that head on, they look kind of cute?

    Well to me they do anyway : )

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    1. No way, that's not odd at all, they're precious!

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  4. Their eyes are incredible. I had to look it up this morning after seeing these photos...apparently they can see movement up to 50 ft in the distance.
    I wonder why the one crawling on your arm has such dark eyes compared to the others?

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    1. Ya know, I noticed that too and wondered why his eyes were so dark.

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  5. This is amazing! I know Praying Mantises are really aggressive hunters, but do they attack people or are they pretty gentle?

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    1. I'm pretty sure they only attack when they feel threatened. One drew blood on my dad and they definitely do start swinging their arms when you go to pick them up but once they're on you they're totally cool.

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  6. My son (who wants to be a herpetologist when he grows up) caught one the other day. He put it in a bug cage and put a cricket in there with it. It was so cool watching it eat the cricket. It took it about 5 minutes... first it ate it's legs off, then decapitated it and holding the head in one arm and the body in the other it ate the cricket's head. Lastly it took the cricket's body and ate it like an ear of corn. My son and I watched in amazement. I got some cool pictures of it too. He then let the Mantis go free.

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    1. Neat, that sounds like it was absolutely amazing to watch (and how awesome that your son wants to be a herpetologist!)

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  7. We had one in our back yard the other day here in the city. Poor guy should be in a field somewhere.

    -Chrissy of Crashbeauty.com

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  8. wow this is incredible! I'm so jealous of all the nature you get to see!!

    cowbiscuits

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  9. I just saw one on Monday! I was walking around a building, trying to move my urinary tract along to do a drug test (for a new job, nothing else!), and as I turned a corner, I almost stepped on a praying mantis! I wanted to hold it, but I wasn't sure if they bite or anything, so I just let him be. It was pretty neat, though!

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  10. I'm normally not a fan of bugs, but I love Praying Mantises, they are so expressive. I love how he/she posed for the photos, lol.

    Shani Alike

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  11. Wait, what? I'm pretty sure that first praying mantis post was like last week. Has it really been a year? What the heck! Haha, well anyways, those things are super cool. I don't know if I've ever seen them in real life, but that would be a pretty neat experience!

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  12. I loveeee preying mantis...es? When I was about 6 there was a green one that would hang around the bushes outside our front door and I'd pick him up and hold him sometimes. I named him Mike I think.

    I like when they put their arms up, they're little adorable expressive guys.

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    1. Haha, how cuuuute!

      And yes, they are SO expressive! It's kind of hilarious to reach for them and they get all sassy and put their arms ups like "oh no gurl, you are not going to hold meeee"

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    2. HAHA I just laughed out loud at your interpretation of what they're thinking. Sassy bugs!

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  13. WOW! What excellent shots! And how lucky to have a field full of them-- I feel like it is so rare that I even get to see one. So rare that I feel like they're good luck!

    Elyse @ Cuddly as a Cactus

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  14. Can I tell you how wonderful it is to see you post about bugs on here? :) Seriously, I feel like we would be such good friends in real life. I studied bugs in college :) (among other things)and have been raising giant silkmoths since I was 5 years old- they are so endlessly fascinating to me. What a neat post and I really enjoyed the photos! You're right- it is so easy to miss things in nature if you don't look closely enough! Bravo in being able to capture the beautiful little gems amongst the hay!

    xo, Alyssa
    www.butterfliesonmars.blogspot.com

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  15. Oh my gosh, they're huge! I saw a tiny green one on the garage door one day, and tried to photograph it. But it like, saw the camera as a threat and POUNCED! Scared the crap outta me.

    Rachel

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  16. They are the most awesome little creatures and filled with personality. I photographed one a few years ago and also have video of one... Just love them! Glad you had fun!

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  17. We don't have those here in Belgium :( Not sure whether it's because they don't live here or all disappeared because of pesticides... They sure look amazing!

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  18. I like how every single one us giving you a sassy little pose!

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  19. I love the shots of their face! It looks like they're sticking their tongue out going NAAAAAEEEHHH!!! with their little arms in the air. So cute!

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  20. these are such awesome pictures. these little guys look like they have so much personality!

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  21. Amazing pictures - it looks like they're posing for you in a lot of shots!

    Those little faces just crack me up.

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  22. These pictures are amazing! It looks like they're posing for you in a few of them!

    Their little faces crack me up.

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  23. Pictures like these make me think of how nature is more than perfect. You are so lucky to be able to be in the midle of so many wonderful animals. Most people do not even realize that they are around incredible creatures like these.
    I'm glad you enjoy the opportunity :)

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  24. Those are amazing pictures! I thought I would share this video my sister sent me, I think you will enjoy it. Praying mantises seem to be popping up in my life everywhere right now haha!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0aSCPmabRpM

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  25. Saw this today and thought of you! :)

    Orchid Mantis: http://i.imgur.com/tnavfvU.jpg

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