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Praying Mantis Information and Photos

April 22, 2008

Praying MantisIf you see any of these guys in your garden, do not shoo them away or kill them. These are called Praying Mantis and they will kill all of those pesky grasshoppers that eat up your veggies and leaves.

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By Karen from Tinley Park, IL

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September 10, 2011

I always thought that praying mantis were only green in color. So. I started doubting my sanity after taking the photo of this one on a large leaf bush just off of my patio. Well, I am sure many folk doubt my sanity anyway but it's bad when one doubts their own.

Praying Mantis on Underside of Leaf

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October 27, 2011

My husband and I had just got home from our morning errands and were getting out of our car when I saw something big and yellow fly by. I've come to know that that means you probably just spotted a praying mantis.

Closeup of Praying Mantis

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November 14, 2011

While walking out the front door to go walk the dogs with my husband, I spotted a tiny little praying mantis sitting on the back of our neighbor's car.

A praying mantis with a cloudy background.

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November 3, 2010

I found this praying mantis in my driveway. Found an old jar and scooped him up to take to my grandkids. I knew my grandson would appreciate how cool they look!

Praying Mantis

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October 29, 2009

I started out of the front door the other day only to stop dead in my tracks seeing this walking stick sunning on the glass. I rerouted my steps to grab the camera and finished my coffee inside!

praying mantis

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September 25, 2018

At a recent football game for my son, we got to enjoy the presence of this fun little guy. After getting some fun pictures of him cheering on the teams, we moved him to a safer location.

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Capturing his shadow in the photo was the best part!

The Sideline Praying Mantis - mantis and its shadow

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March 31, 2011

I found this mantis crawling around in some lavender at my mother's house in Leavenworth, WA.

Praying Mantis (Leavenworth, WA)

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October 2, 2020

We have a couple of praying mantises in our backyard. They like to hang out in our apple tree and passion fruit vine. Sometimes they are hard to spot because they camouflage so well.

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I just happened to have my camera out when I saw this praying mantis catch it's prey! It is very fascinating to see how small its mouth is yet it has such a big appetite.

Praying Mantis in My Backyard   - mantis with a caterpillar of some sort

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July 18, 2016

Yesterday while inspecting my clematis, I came across an amazing scene, in miniature, of nature at her most wild. At the top left of the photo you'll notice a baby praying mantis. He is intently interested in what you'll notice at the bottom right of the photo, a jumping spider making a meal of a caterpillar.

mantis watching spider eat caterpillar

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March 21, 2021

I discovered two praying mantis sacs in my backyard. The sacs are both relatively small so I wonder how many eggs are inside each.

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These praying mantis will be a great addition to my garden when they hatch.

A sac of the praying mantis on a tree.

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October 15, 2020

Here is another photo I snapped of this praying mantis hanging out in my backyard. This time it's a brown praying mantis oppose to green and relaxing on the passionfruit flower. Normally this brown praying mantis is camouflaged by the tree branches so I was surprised to see it here!

A praying mantis on a passionfruit vine flower.

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June 10, 2012

It is none other than the predatorial praying mantis. They only eat what they catch. They will gladly take a fly you have just swatted though.

Mantis on a piece of rebar on ground.

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