Garden: Blessed with a Garden Helper

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Look what I found sitting on my sunflower leaf! I smiled when I saw him there, as I ran to get my camera hoping he would still be there. When I got back he was, and he posed for this picture before he walked away in the direction of a bug. :) He walked off my sunflower leaf onto my railing when I took this second picture of him. I believe he was on his way to lunch.

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He is my new garden helper and my friend. I don't use chemicals so it was a blessing seeing him. I know he eats mites, aphids and other insects that eat my flowers. I think he's pretty cool looking don't you?

By Jacquelyne Jean J.

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June 22, 20110 found this helpful

I absolutely love these wonderful creatures! As a child, I would put them on a flower and feed them, and name them, etc. As an adult, I am so glad to see them when I do. I have considered buying them by the dozens and putting them out in the garden, we have a lot of aphids, etc. Of course, as weird as it seems, I do not like their cousins the walking sticks...for some reason, the walking sticks do not seem to like me at all. LOL

Blessings and thank you for bringing back such wonderful memories!

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June 22, 20110 found this helpful

Nice of you to comment! I never knew that you could buy them. :) Yes its wonderful having them in any garden. I have five gardens and I have seen my helper in everyone of them so he's making his rounds. lol Thank You!

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June 23, 20110 found this helpful

You are welcome, thank you for posting this delightful picture!

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June 23, 20110 found this helpful

I too love the praying mantis, my grandchildren, when small always called them Nanna's garden friends and woe betide any small mates who put them in a bug catcher. kind regards Jean, Maffra, Gippsland, Australia.

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June 25, 20110 found this helpful

Jean thank you for your comment! Have a nice day! :)

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