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NorCalSal
Stockton, CA
(Zone 9a)

August 12, 2003
5:26 AM

Post #612512

Found this guy in my sons insect collection. Very stealthy looking fellow, waiting for a meal to wander carelessly to close.

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NorCalSal
Stockton, CA
(Zone 9a)

August 12, 2003
5:28 AM

Post #612516

Another View.

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NorCalSal
Stockton, CA
(Zone 9a)

August 12, 2003
5:30 AM

Post #612518

Come closer,...look into my eyes,...

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poppysue
Westbrook, ME
(Zone 5a)


August 12, 2003
10:51 AM

Post #612585

What is it? Great photos. It looks scary so close up.
NorCalSal
Stockton, CA
(Zone 9a)

August 12, 2003
1:18 PM

Post #612663

Hello Poppysue,
This is a Indian Flower Mantis. A tropical species from Asia. In the wild these guys are prefectly concealed with in a flower to sit & wait for a careless insect to wander past.
philomel
Castelnau RB Pyrenée
France
(Zone 8a)


August 12, 2003
2:05 PM

Post #612721

He's great
Did he catch anything?
frogsrus
San Diego, CA
(Zone 10a)

August 12, 2003
2:47 PM

Post #612805

He is an impressive creature all right. Great Pics.
Ginger_H
Fountain, FL
(Zone 8a)

August 12, 2003
3:10 PM

Post #612833

Wonderful shots!!
flowox
Newark, OH
(Zone 5a)

August 12, 2003
3:14 PM

Post #612836

That's one scary looking fella
MaryE
Baker City, OR
(Zone 5b)

August 15, 2003
1:15 PM

Post #616166

What a camuoflage job!
NorCalSal
Stockton, CA
(Zone 9a)

August 16, 2003
2:46 AM

Post #617015

Hello everyone, Yeah, He's a really unique looking insect. This Flowers Mantis is very stealthy indeed. I would sure hate to be an unsuspecting prey item wandering past. I'll post a few pix of him later with prey.
gardenwife
Newark, OH
(Zone 5b)

August 16, 2003
6:46 AM

Post #617207

Neat - I've never seen that kind of mantis before. Great macro shots, too!
philomel
Castelnau RB Pyrenée
France
(Zone 8a)


August 16, 2003
7:14 AM

Post #617219

Yes, look forward to seeing more :)
NorCalSal
Stockton, CA
(Zone 9a)

August 16, 2003
8:25 AM

Post #617237

Well, here she is in all her ferocious glory. The mantis patiently sits and waits very still until a prey item wanders too close. Posed ready to strike with lightening like reflexes. Once the hapless prey item is seized, there is very little chance for escape. The mantis meticulously dispatches its prey quickly. Which is good for the prey as it is literally eaten alive. Nothing is left to waste. Such is the way in the animal kingdom. It may seem cold hearted, but the energy from the cricket will help nourish the developing eggs within the mantis. She has done everything she has to do to propagate her species for the next generation
so that the cycle will start all over again.

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NorCalSal
Stockton, CA
(Zone 9a)

August 16, 2003
8:29 AM

Post #617238

A very good nutritious meal.

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NorCalSal
Stockton, CA
(Zone 9a)

August 16, 2003
8:30 AM

Post #617239

Nothing is left to waste.

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philomel
Castelnau RB Pyrenée
France
(Zone 8a)


August 16, 2003
8:48 AM

Post #617240

Great set of photos Sal :)
Floridian
Lutz, FL
(Zone 9b)


August 16, 2003
12:07 PM

Post #617316

Great pictures! The patterns and colors of this bug are wonderful...
justmeLisa
Brewers, KY
(Zone 6b)

August 16, 2003
12:26 PM

Post #617338

whatta bug! All we have are the green ones here. I didn't even know they had color like yours! That is one flashy mantis! Great shots...what kind of camera?
NorCalSal
Stockton, CA
(Zone 9a)

August 16, 2003
5:17 PM

Post #617612

Hi Lisa,
I have own Nikon cameras for as long as I can remember. So when the digital cams came out I naturally stuck with Nikon.
not wanting to give up my Nikon F4 so quickly, I puchased an introductory Nikon Digital camera. All my pictures are done with a Nikon Coolpix 995. The results are great for me. In fact I haven't picked up my F4 in over a year! I really like the results from this little camera. I now have my eye on a Nikon D1. Someday however, as Nikon=$$$$
rutholive
Tonasket, WA
(Zone 5a)

August 17, 2003
10:23 PM

Post #619080

NorCalSal, great pictures, i too didn't realize there is such a color differentation in the Mantid. Yours is very fierce looking. Donna
ButterflyGardnr
Orlando, FL
(Zone 9b)

August 21, 2003
7:31 PM

Post #623400

I would certainly not want to run into this bug in a dark alley. EEEESH! Very cool looking, though. Our praying mantis is a great beneficial bug that gets rid of bad bugs in the yard. But only a mother mantis could love a baby mantis, that's for sure.
philomel
Castelnau RB Pyrenée
France
(Zone 8a)


August 21, 2003
9:04 PM

Post #623483

Probably have it for breakfast LOL
NorCalSal
Stockton, CA
(Zone 9a)

August 21, 2003
11:06 PM

Post #623615

You are so right philomel. Wouldn't hesitate a moment for a opportunity at a meal. Here are a few pics of a local Preying Mantis commonly found in my area. Actually these are and import from China many years ago and established themselves very well here across North America. These are what you would typically find in U.S. gardens.

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NorCalSal
Stockton, CA
(Zone 9a)

August 21, 2003
11:07 PM

Post #623618

Another view of snack time. Sure would hate to be a cricket!

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Paintedlady
Ellabell, GA
(Zone 8a)

August 22, 2003
12:39 AM

Post #623709

Wow! Those are cool photos.
Has anybody noticed the little guy with a top hat sitting right between the eyes of the Flower Mantis?
dguimo
Pioneer, CA

August 22, 2003
5:29 AM

Post #623976

Wonderful photos!! I live in Pioneer, about an hour and twenty minutes from you, and have never seen this Mantis. I will certainly be on the lookout though. Last year I had a Praying Mantis in my garden and loved that little thing!
What wonderful creatures!
NorCalSal
Stockton, CA
(Zone 9a)

August 22, 2003
5:51 AM

Post #623985

Hello Paintedlady,
When I first took that picture I noticed the 3 little spheres & pointy hat between the Flower Mantises eyes. I don't quite know what they are or what there purpose is. I'll have to do some research to find out what they are exactly. My hunch is that they are another set of eyes or some sort of motion detector to help zero in on prey?

Dguimo, Hello! Nice to hear from someone so close to me. I have a friend who lived in Pioneer that I haven't seen for many years. Don't know if he's still up there or not. Nice area up there.
The Flowers Mantis is from Asia. The other Mantis is locally caught while out hiking. They are very common around here in gardens and in open fields. Mantises are very unique looking insects indeed. Almost alien-like but then all insects have that alien like appearence.
philomel
Castelnau RB Pyrenée
France
(Zone 8a)


August 22, 2003
6:23 AM

Post #623998

That's probably what comes of wearing their skeletons on the outside LOL
;)

I look forward to hearing the verdict on "the little guy with a top hat sitting right between the eyes of the Flower Mantis"
gardenwife
Newark, OH
(Zone 5b)

August 22, 2003
6:26 AM

Post #624000

Are mantids more intelligent than other insects, or is it just their uncanny way of staring and cocking their heads? They seem so smart!
crittergarden
Pittsburgh, PA

April 6, 2012
12:13 PM

Post #9072036

Species 8472

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