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Happenings in the insect world
by Judy Lee
on September 15, 2012 at 7:24 AM
My very favorite garden friend! I look for them every year . I even watch out for them when I'm pruning or watering so I don't disturb them or, worse yet, accidently harm them. Thank you for the wonderful photos and information. I was lucky enough to see a pair mating the other day. The first time in 20 years! Many years ago I found an egg case on the back of my house. Never saw the little critters hatch though. I also found one on my rose bushes a couple of years ago. It's amazing that you can miss them unless you know what you're looking for. I wish people would realize that even though they look very intimidating and "BAD", they are so sweet and very advantageous to have in the garden.
by Kathy Keatley Garvey
on September 15, 2012 at 8:45 AM
Thank you for your comments! They are indeed amazing.
by Deborah 2012 Nicolls
on September 17, 2012 at 7:38 PM
This article was very timely. Just the other day I found a large female mantis with a headless male attached to her. It was fascinating. The stories are true. She might not have eaten all of him, yet, but she got his head. I tried to take a picture but she wouldn't sit still.
Reply by Kathy Keatley Garvey
on September 17, 2012 at 10:43 PM
Thank you for your comment. Interesting. I saw a mating pair today but couldn't stay long enough to see if she lopped off his head.
by Richard Smith
on November 8, 2012 at 5:08 AM
Thanks a lot for sharing this, I like it .
by Courtney
on September 20, 2015 at 3:21 PM
My husband brought a female praying mantis home from his construction job site. We've had her for about three weeks now she's green and beautiful at first I thought she was a little icky but I've grown to love her. So far she's eaten three males.
by Kathy Keatley Garvey
on September 23, 2015 at 1:04 PM
Courtney, that's wonderful! They're amazing critters.
by Susie Aufdenkamp
on September 13, 2017 at 7:37 PM
Been watching a praying mantis for 3 weeks in my garden. Have watched her catch and eat 2 butterflies. Today she was mating, and has already eaten the male's head.
by Danny
on November 9, 2017 at 2:32 PM
Two praying mantis live inside our home on our ficus tree. One praying mantis in the living room ficus tree in the other in our bedroom ficus tree. We have about 15 egg sacs previous praying mantis. The longest praying mantis that live with us from being hatch to an adult about a year 6 months and 2 weeks and it is the largest praying mantis we ever seen measuring 5 inch and a quarter.
by Elizabeth
on November 11, 2017 at 11:14 AM
How long before they lay the eggs after mating?  
Pls reply, thanks!
by Jacob Harris
on September 29, 2019 at 1:32 PM
There’s a praying mantis that I have right now, and it seems pregnant but I can’t tell. Is it just because it’s a female?
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