Praying Mantis

I just learned something I didn’t know:

 brown praying mantids are found in dry environments,

and green praying mantids are found in wet enviroments.

So, how do I explain the color of the one below that I just photographed this evening?

Adults molt (shed their exoskeleton) up to ten times until they’re full grown. So, I figure this one must have just shed and will return to the its normal color soon.

(All the pictures in this blog were taken in my yard in previous years, except the one above.)

We also have Chinese mantids in southern Illinois.

I came across this picture of a mantis nymph.

My sons would get in trouble when they were young and brought critters of all kinds in the house. This time, though, it was me who didn’t know what I’d brought home. (This was many years ago.)

 I placed one on the windowsill over the kitchen sink.

The other one went on the portable dishwasher.

Well, one morning I got up and found my window sill a busy place with a LOT of newly hatched praying mantids! And how do you round up so many tiny critters? (The top egg mass is from a praying mantis, the one above is from Chinese mantid.)

A few days later, I got up and found baby mantids on and all over inside of the dishwasher.

I couldn’t blame anybody but myself. Obviously, I won’t do that again.

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4 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Therese on August 19, 2012 at 3:40 pm

    What a great Mom you ARE!!! Love the story.
    Didn’t know about the colors until your article. You are such a good teacher!!!

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  2. I always learn from you! 🙂 And love when you make me laugh! My thought is at least they weren’t spiders, I’d have freaked finding them everywhere instead, lol!

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    • I really like when they turn their triangular head and stare straight at me. They don’t seem shy, just trying to be threatening. Thanks for the complicaments on my writing. This brings back the days when I wrote and illustrated newspaper articles. This is so much easier.

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