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Happenings in the insect world
by Rachael Long
on August 22, 2018 at 6:18 AM
Cannibalism can happen, particularly if you put a male and female praying mantis together in a confined space, like a jar. However, in nature, there’s actually a very elaborate courtship behavior that occurs, where the male pretty much puts the female in a trance through a dance that he does. If he’s lucky, he’ll dazzle the female enough to mate and then run away before she wakes up!
by Judy kurzer
on August 28, 2019 at 1:59 PM
My praying mantis appeared early spring in the inside of a closed-in porch screen. She/he is full grown now. Watched her shed last week. Preparing for possible hurricane, also fall/winter coming. Do I do anything for her since there is no way to exit this setting? I have only watched, never touching. I keep my pesky cat away when she ventures to far down the screen.
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