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Mantis

Discussion in 'Invertebrates General' started by DwarvenChef, Jul 20, 2012.

  1. DwarvenChef

    DwarvenChef Elite Member

    The other day I was getting ready for some D3 with my beer, cheese and crackers, when I noticed my moniter move in a weird way. Than the movement jumped to the cpu... What the heck... (puts on glasses) COOL "Get the camera kid!" A green mantis was dincing on top the side of my CPU. We have them outside and this must have hitched a ride in when I got home from work. I plopped it into a spare tub I have and now feed it Crix and anything small enough I can locate.

    Have pics up later, like when I get the frigging chip off my daughter...
     
  2. kriminaal

    kriminaal HH Block Leader Staff Member Premium Member

    They are very interesting insects.
    I kept two in a large container once. Next morning, one was missing a head.
     
  3. DwarvenChef

    DwarvenChef Elite Member

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    Got my kid to take a pic, TONS better than the one I took with my phone LOL

    Ya they are rather oportunistic feeders, anything that wiggles is fiar game LOL
     

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  4. justor

    justor Elite Member

    Very cool. I found one in my house last year and decided to let it stay free in the house. I saw it from time to time for the next few months and even found one of its molts. Then one day I found it dead on top my entertainment center.
     
  5. DwarvenChef

    DwarvenChef Elite Member

    One report I read says they only live 6 months, I find that hard to believe. I guess I'm about to find out :p
     
  6. nessy

    nessy Well-Known Member

    You are very brave!
     
  7. Wolfbandit

    Wolfbandit Elite Member

    I saw the same facts and was upset about it. My bf caught one at his job and brought it home. I was going to redecorate it's cage, but I don't even know if it will live long enough to take advantage of it =[
     
  8. mele

    mele Elite Member

    Very pretty.
     
  9. Mulder

    Mulder Well-Known Member

    A friend of mine has a mantis that hit nine months old a few weeks ago. She's still active and voracious all the time.
     
  10. DwarvenChef

    DwarvenChef Elite Member

    Bugger has doubled in size, trying to get a good pic, my daughter is arguing with reflective surfaces at the moment LOL
     
  11. Alyssa8

    Alyssa8 Active Member

    A year ago I found a praying mantis in the middle of the road while riding my bike. I took it home for a day and put it in a tank with plants. In the morning I found what looked like a brown ball of styrofoam on one of the plant stems. Next thing I know the styrofoam ball broke and like 500 of those little critters came pouring out. It was actually really cool to see that many mini mantis', and letting them go free outside.
     
  12. SpidaFly

    SpidaFly Elite Member

    Mantids are awesome. I'm not "up" on then, but I was fortunate enough to take this attractive photo one evening:
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    And... D3? People still play it? Buddy told me it was a mega flop...
     

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