View Full Version : A couple of mantis pics
07-03-2002, 07:23 AM
Got several of these guys all over the place. *They also like to hang out by front door, to get all the bugs that visit my front yardlight at night.
07-03-2002, 08:38 AM
Hey! Pretty cool! Want some useless info? The Praying Mantis is the only insect with neck muscles! The only bug that can turn its head to look at you. http://188.8.131.52/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif http://184.108.40.206/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wow.gif
07-03-2002, 09:19 AM
If you ever have a problem w/ aphids, just take one of those mantises and put it on the infected plant. Within 2 days, there won't be an aphid left! http://220.127.116.11/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif *munch munch* Yum!
07-03-2002, 09:24 AM
those things are so cool!!! I wish we had them here!
07-03-2002, 11:07 AM
Just don't kill them as they are protected in every state in the US. I mean I am sure you wouldn't kill them anyhow! They are so cool and keep your plants pest free! http://18.104.22.168/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif ANd if one does happen to get caught be kind and rescue it. http://22.214.171.124/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif
07-03-2002, 12:08 PM
www.insectlore.com sells praying mantis egg cases...
I bought about 8 of them this year, gave all but one to my family. Mine hatched on Monday, and I now have about 300 of the little buggers running around my deck. http://126.96.36.199/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif
07-03-2002, 12:41 PM
My whole life I have only seen one large mantis in the wild. I found one tiny one that looked newly harched eating aphids on my umbrella plant a few days ago, a pleasant surprise. They sell eggs at my Home Depot every year.
Every year i buy a couple eggcases to set free in my yard,there sooooo coo!!! http://188.8.131.52/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif
07-03-2002, 01:27 PM
and if memory serves, Wasps have neck muscles... the thing with praying mantids, is they can see over their shoulder, unlike all other insects...
07-03-2002, 01:31 PM
Flies also have neck muscles. Watch them clean thier feet, thier head bobbs all around and up and down.
07-03-2002, 04:33 PM
Wow! I don't think we get praying mantises (or should that be manti) in this country. I have always wanted to see a stag beetle though. I wonder who would win in a stag v mantis fight? http://184.108.40.206/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif
07-03-2002, 05:48 PM
Check this link for a truly bizarre photo of a mantis. Truly amazing. Found it while reading up on mantises. Wanted a better idea of what to feed the one I caught, but this is a little out of its league! http://220.127.116.11/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wow.gif http://18.104.22.168/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wow.gif
the babies eat fruitflys and the adults eat crickets that you can get a petsmart.
07-03-2002, 07:36 PM
that picture is amazing! I can hardly believe my eyes!
07-03-2002, 07:44 PM
Where can you buy eggcases?
07-03-2002, 10:47 PM
Plantslikebugs, you sure pay attention very well... http://22.214.171.124/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/sad.gif
Like Rampuppy said, you can get them at: http://www.insectlore.com (http://www.insectlore.com)
Or you could try and check your local Home Depot, I see them over there all the time during summer.
07-04-2002, 06:33 AM
BigCarnivourKid, truly an amazing pic... brutal
07-04-2002, 07:47 AM
Thanks Statik. I will check there soon. http://126.96.36.199/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif
07-04-2002, 11:35 AM
Awsome pics! I like praying mantises too...they are cool with their swiveling head. I see more babies than I do adults. The babies are really cute. http://188.8.131.52/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif And yes, they are great for gardens. So don't kill 'em!
07-04-2002, 02:53 PM
I luv mantids. i have some species already as pets:
i have an extra egg case if anyone is interested. im pretty sure its the chinese one. Message me.
07-04-2002, 07:45 PM
Check out this pic! (Don't look at it if you get sick at strange and/or gross pics). You can buy eggcases at this site, too. * *
07-04-2002, 09:15 PM
Ouch and pass the asprin http://184.108.40.206/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/tounge.gif .
07-05-2002, 07:05 AM
Hehe, not pleasant is it? But they do get rid of thrips and aphids!
07-05-2002, 10:16 AM
after seeing that bird get caught http://220.127.116.11/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wow.gif by a mantis
i wonder if theyd eat rats too ? ehehehe http://18.104.22.168/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif http://22.214.171.124/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/tounge.gif
07-05-2002, 01:01 PM
Once, a while ago, my mom and I went to the store and when we were going in the house, we saw a HUGE praying mantis in the garden. My mom had a plant that was infested with aphids, so I put him (or her) on the plant, watched it go into "striking" position and then, before I knew it, WHISH! The mantis grabbed an aphid in half a second! Then it ate, and the cycle continued. I watched it for an hour! (call me obssesed if you'd like) Within three days, there wasn't a single aphid left! It was so cool!
PS I got another pic!
07-08-2002, 02:51 PM
insectlore.com is charging 6.95 for an egg case
http://www.buglogical.com is charging $8.95 for 3
and they have other beneficial insects
07-09-2002, 11:53 AM
We use to have mantis in my yards but not anymore. http://126.96.36.199/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/sad.gif They are so cool insects armed with claws, enavling them to snatch insects within insects. Whenever I see them I use to handfeed them with wasps. Pretty interesting...how they snatch it from your hands.
07-09-2002, 12:05 PM
after seeing that picture of the mantis eating a humming bird
i am scared they will bite my fingers when adults http://188.8.131.52/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/sad.gif
i will get some though http://184.108.40.206/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif http://220.127.116.11/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif http://18.104.22.168/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/tounge.gif http://22.214.171.124/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/confused.gif http://126.96.36.199/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif http://188.8.131.52/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/confused.gif http://184.108.40.206/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif
07-09-2002, 12:34 PM
i don't really like the idea of one of those dare i say cuties eating hummingbirds http://220.127.116.11/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/sad.gif Hummingbirds eat aphids and mealybugs, you know, but I'm not saying I'm mad for posting a pic, it just disturbed me a little, and here's why:
When I was about 5 years old, I used to LOVE bugs! http://18.104.22.168/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif (before VFT's) Anyway, once i saw a mantis at the museum, so when I got home, I devoured the yard, looking for one. I finally found a little gal, er a huge gal, about the size of my hand, son I played with it a while. Then I let it go on our porch, and she stayed on one tree for a week. http://22.214.171.124/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif Also me and my friend, just about a week later caught a 16" stickbug with babies eatin' on aphids http://126.96.36.199/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif
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