What is the opinion from you vet growers on the praying mantis? I
bought one of those egg pods...but I was probably too late...July in
zone 5-6. I only saw 1 baby and a few others later some distance
away. Are they worth having as friends. Thanks Joe Mc
Unless you are a male mantis... they are great bug eaters. Get the egg
cases earlier in the spring next year.
We had a female outside our office door for a week or so, she turned a
cool gray color. Kept stealing from the spider's web.
I buy a couple of egg pods every year, usually in March or April (Northern
CA). I usually see them a couple dozen times per year. Sometimes they are
grey/brown, sometimes they are green. I wonder if they change color based
on their surroundings? I usually see one or two very large ones early in
the year - apparently surviving through winter.. If you've seen one I bet
there are more. If there's food for them they will stick around. If not,
they'll go elsewhere. Also I've heard they will hunt each other - don't
know if that true or not.
On 10 Nov 2005 16:36:27 -0800, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
I was going to buy some last year but could only find cases of the
oriental mantis rather than the native American one. The orientals are
commonly raised in captivity and are much larger. I've seen pics of
them with caught hummingbirds. I don't know if they survive a northern
winter, but I bet they do in the south.
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