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Mantis ~ Saturday Critters

Always fascinating to see these Praying Mantis in my garden. They blend very well. Sometimes so well I mistake them for foliage. A survival instinct I am sure. Sharing this photo from my deck garden with today’s Saturday Critters challenge.

The word mantis comes from the Greek mantikos, for soothsayer or prophet. Indeed, these insects do seem spiritual, especially when their forelegs are clasped together as if they’re in prayer.

I have learned a lot about these incredible insects over the years. I will share some of the facts for those interested. I may do a quiz on these insects later.

Photo ©CarolDM2019

  • Question of

    Most Praying Mantis live in the tropics, correct?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Mantis Can Turn Their Heads a Full 180 Degrees, wow, right?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Female Mantis Sometimes Eat Their Mates, yikes, agree?

    • Yes
    • No

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  1. As a kid I was always fascinated with these creatures. I was more mystified by their praying demeanor. Moreover I thoroughly enjoyed the Kung Fu mantis techniques in the Chinese movies.

    Thanks for the post. I became a little sentimental reading this.

  2. Love the picture! There was a story in the DC area news about a Christmas tree in Virginia. (I know, why would he be writing about a Christmas tree in Virginia?)

    After Christmas (4 days or so) the woman came home from work. Her entire house was filled with Praying Mantis. The tree had an egg sack in the braches that wasn’t seen. They moved all the mantis (trying not to kill them) to the insect area of the DC zoo.

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