My new buggy buddy...

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  1. John Backlund

    John Backlund Friend of Leo's Gold Supporter

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    Found this little guy on our garage floor about an hour ago, almost stepped on it. I gave it a short ride to our wooden fence and let it step off, but not before taking a few nice phone-shots of it. I seldom see a Mantis around here, fascinating creatures.

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    Looks like a "she". Probably expecting a toss in the hay and meal afterward...

    Great pics!
     
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    Great photos! I often find dragonflies flitting around in an open outdoor structure and let them land on my hand the same way and then take them back out to nature and let them go. Their lives are short enough to waste time trying to find the venue exit rather than eating mosquitoes!
     
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    We had a dog try to play with a mantis. Just kind of nudging it with his nose until the mantis pinched said nose. That was the end of that play session
     
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    Good shots.

    We also saw one of these a few weeks ago on the walking path at the Akron Zoo. I had not seen one in person in years.
     
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    Great pics!
    Usually there’s lots of PMs around here, but not so much this year.
     
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    That's neat!
     
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    They always make me wonder what planet they are from! :D
     
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  9. John Backlund

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    Especially when they turn their head around about ninety degrees and look right at you.
     
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    I wouldn't want to "share" a meal with her!
     
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    John , you must ride fast .........

    your buddy looks like she's praying:lol::lol::lol::lol:
     
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    Mine's bigger than yours':)

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    One of the coolest bugs on the planet right there! Had one as a pet when I was a kid ;)
     
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    +1 on it's a she.

    I found quite a few males around yesterday while trimming my hedges. I kept moving them so they would not get harmed.

    Then later that evening I was wondering around admiring my work and something hit me on the shoulder. I looked down on the ground and it was another male mantis. Must have fallen out of a tree ... or off the house. I grabbed him, and put him up on a hedge.

    :D

    Must be that time of year for the mantises.
     
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    Am I correct in remembering that they have multiple pupils inside one “eye socket” ?
     
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    The saw a video a while back of a mantis and spider in a fight to the death. I forgot who won.
     
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    Mantises and walking sticks are just really cool bugs. I've not seen a walking stick in quite a few years but usually see at least one mantis each summer.
     
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    E5DBB90C-3C44-48A2-8755-0527EBD7B47B.jpeg E5DBB90C-3C44-48A2-8755-0527EBD7B47B.jpeg 042F1A9C-107B-4709-A1DF-9D0614B95244.jpeg BF3C5BBB-6EEB-4A70-BB6E-02CC4640E5CC.jpeg Three small creatures around my house. Between 1/4” & 1.5”
    Actually the 1.5” anole is from my neighbor’s house
    The leaf bug is around .25”
    The mantis is just over .5”
    We had a massive hatching of Wood Soldiers a few months back. Dozens of little .5”, or smaller, lizards all over the place
    Don’t know why the double image of the leaf eater
     
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    This is the time of year I see the most grasshoppers, crickets, katydids, dragonflies, stick insects and praying mantises.

    We're actually seeing fewer songbirds this year. I think they are finding other places to go to find food. So much more rain than usual, has everything green. Also lots of spiders, to be honest.

    This is also a strange time, when some forms of grass decide they've done enough and go into rest mode. And other grasses keep on growing like mad.
     
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