Friends in My Garden- 56

Praying Mantis

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This young Praying Mantis moulted (molted) in my garden!

He didn’t like my intrusion into his privacy, while changing his coat. Keeping his gaze fixed on me, he tried to move away as fast as he could. I followed him and got a few of his pictures 🙂

As you know, the Praying mantis (Mantis religiosa) is thus named because of the way it holds its front two legs, looking like they are in a praying position.
They are predators; have triangular heads propped up on a long “neck”. They use their front legs to snare their prey. Moths, crickets, grasshoppers, flies, and other insects are usually the unfortunate victims that fall prey to them.

The female of the species is notorious, which sometimes eats her mate just after mating.

Praying Mantis are very well camouflaged and often mistaken for leaves or tree branches.

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Friends in My Garden- 6

Praying Mantis

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Praying Mantis

A healthy garden is one that is teeming with all life forms.

Here is a cute Praying Mantis from my garden. These insects get their name because they have very long front legs that they hold in a position that reminds people of praying.

Front legs of mantis have rows of sharp spines to help them hold on to their prey, which they usually begin to eat head first! They have long necks and triangular head, which can be turned an entire half circle.

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Well camouflaged mantis

The eggs of a mantis are enclosed in a foamy pouch called an ootheca or egg sack. When the female produces the ootheca it is soft, but very quickly it will dry to become firm . The ootheca protects the eggs until they hatch.

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Mantis ootheca