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A little friend in the garden

Discussion in 'Arachnids and Other Bugs' started by Proud Marine Dad, Aug 23, 2008.

  1. I was feeding the plants today with fish emulsion and spraying the foliage and this guy started moving around on a rose bush. I rarely see these guys around here, especially since they are so well camouflaged, but they are awesome and are about the toughest guy on the block when it comes to insects. I don't know about you but I think Praying Mantis are very cool!:cool: They are also related to cockroaches in case you didn't know.
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  2. Michele

    Michele Chi Super Dog Staff Member Administrator

    very cool.....:D
     
  3. shadowwolf

    shadowwolf Good Dog

    Sweet! I love those guys!
     
  4. Galadriel

    Galadriel Good Dog

    Very cool, indeed! Who would have guessed I like mantids?! :rolleyes:
    Great pics, as always PMD.
     
  5. CoolHandJean

    CoolHandJean Krypto Super Dog

  6. Go figure! :lolbangtable:

    Thank you my friend. :blush:
     
  7. megschristina

    megschristina Moderator

    Man! I haven't seen one of those in ages! Great pics!
     
  8. Thanks everyone.

    Well his cousin showed up a while ago on another rose and I got some awesome pictures! :D

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  9. megschristina

    megschristina Moderator

    LUCKY!!!! Great pics! Why don't I get any cool bugs in my yard anymore?!
     
  10. PNWPBR

    PNWPBR Good Dog

    OMG I love Praying Mantis'!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
  11. Debbie

    Debbie Good Dog

    Very nice pics PMD....what kind of camera do you use ?

    Are they good for the roses or do they eat them ?
     
  12. Galadriel

    Galadriel Good Dog

    Good for the roses because they eat the bugs that eat the roses =)
     
  13. megschristina

    megschristina Moderator

    Do they change colors? I can't remember?
     
  14. Debbie

    Debbie Good Dog

    Are they attracted to gardens with certain types of flowers, such as Roses ?
     
  15. jeoestreich

    jeoestreich GRCH Dog

    Very cool! Great pictures!
     
  16. Galadriel

    Galadriel Good Dog

    They don't change colours, but they vary from bright green to dark brown.
    They are attracted to the plants that bring in the most bugs, and roses usually do that. Do you have rose bushes, Debbie?
     
  17. Debbie,

    It's a Fuji FinePix camera that they don't make anymore but there is an upgraded version.
    Here is a review of mine:

    http://www.dcresource.com/news/newsitem.php?id=3104

    Mantis eat both beneficial and problem bugs so they are good in ways and a little bad in others.
    They will eat aphids and other bad bugs but they may also eat beatles, honey bees, bumble bees and anything else that gets too close. :D
     
  18. True and they blend in great which makes them great hunters of prey that do not notice them.

    Have you seen this picture?

    This is a mantis catching a hummingbird.

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  19. Debbie

    Debbie Good Dog

    No...no rose bushes...
    We have tons of butterfly bushes...and various other flowers...
    My husband is the "green thumb"
    I can't even keep one of those bamboo plants in water alive......:blush:

    Right now our Butterfly bushes and Sunflowers are gorgeous.....:cool:
    I'll have to post some pics...the butterfly bushes attract; Butterflies (of course), Hummingbirds, Hummingbird Moths, and big Bumble Bees....
     
  20. Debbie

    Debbie Good Dog

    Well....welcome back stranger !
    I'd love to have a few of those Mantis in the garden in that case !!! For eating the Honeybees, Bumblebees, Gnats, Flies, etc.....:D
    I wouldn't like them eating my Hummingbirds though !! :eek:
     

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