PRAYING MANTIS WITH IT’s LUNCH

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Sept. 26, 2014

The other day my daughter noticed  this Praying Mantis in my Zinnia  garden  – not a sight that I’ve seen before, I’m sure due to their great camouflage.   It was fascinating because it  had captured a big bee and was trying to eat it.  Except the bee was still alive!   In my curiosity about this critter, I discovered  they can turn their head a full 180 degrees and the female sometimes will cannibalize her mate. They mostly eat insects ( alive)  although have been known to  also eat small frogs, birds, snakes and rodents.  The females  lay hundreds of eggs in a small case, and nymphs hatch looking much like tiny versions of their parents.  Is your skin crawling yet????

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4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Amy Weisser
    Sep 27, 2014 @ 08:34:05

    Master of camoflauge she is! Love those pink zinnias——

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  2. Maureen Rauscher
    Sep 26, 2014 @ 12:00:43

    Incredible pictures. Now, somehow, I don’t feel like lunch…and the first time I ever felt sorry for a bee!

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  3. Vincent Koepp
    Sep 26, 2014 @ 11:35:01

    oh my!! what a great shot. Gotta submit that to the magazine.

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  4. Maureen Mahach
    Sep 26, 2014 @ 10:45:33

    Eliminating her mate, and not going to jailing for it–what a clever gal!. :o) Great photos!

    M.

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