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Mantis Found in the Yard

Discussion in 'Invertebrates General' started by snubber, Jul 27, 2010.

  1. snubber

    snubber Elite Member

    I saw this lil guy a few weeks back and forgot i took these pic. He was only about 1.5 inch long and i did not know there were any Mantis species Southeast Louisiana.

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  2. venus

    venus Founding Member

    Thats awesome. All I can find are the stick insects, lol
     
  3. snubber

    snubber Elite Member

    I haven't seen sticks in a while but i know they are here. I thought of keeping him after i read Og's post on mantises (doubt i spelled that right) but by the time i read it he was long gone.
     
  4. venus

    venus Founding Member

    I am sure it will be back :)
     
  5. purplemuffin

    purplemuffin Elite Member

    SWEET!! I love those bugs!
     
  6. okiron

    okiron Elite Member

    Aww so cute! I love them.
     
  7. snubber

    snubber Elite Member

    He probably never left, he was just not where he was when i saw him. He has plenty of food around here with all the dang mosquitoes around.
     
  8. Medium

    Medium Elite Member

    I finally found one here, and I held it for almost a half hour before letting it go...love these little guys!
     
  9. Dragoness

    Dragoness Elite Member

    Pretty cool find.

    There are two species of Stick Insect in the USA that are in the Genus Anisomorpha. Be careful with those ones, if you make them mad, they can spray you with a substance that feels very much like being maced.

    Not sure about other species.

    Thanks for sharing the pics though!
     
  10. snubber

    snubber Elite Member

    Wow, i did not know that sticks could do that. That would make a day go bad really quick, I have gotten cayenne pepper in my eyes while cooking before and was not to pleasant.
     
  11. Dragoness

    Dragoness Elite Member

    The accounts of people who have been sprayed range from being maced, to having molten lead poured in the eyes, and many other severe symptoms (temporary blindness, extreme pain, corneal discoloration, all lasting up to a week). Oh, and they have been known to have good aim up to 2 feet.

    Suddenly, mantises seem so much friendlier!
     
  12. Og_

    Og_ Elite Member

    I'm sure that there are lots of them in your area! They are very well camoflauged in greenery and most people don't see them unless you happen to see them move or they are obvious like in your pic.

    They are STEALTH personified! They don't eat by moving around and being noticed. You have to really look hard for them, But they are there!
     
  13. snubber

    snubber Elite Member

    Yeah, they are the ninjas of the insect world.
     
  14. Og_

    Og_ Elite Member

    LOL:D
     

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