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Cold Case

Egg Case

Here's a "cold case" to investigate. Check your backyard or neighborhood park and see if a praying mantis has deposited an egg case on a tree limb, plant or fence. Case in...

Egg Case
Egg Case

THIS EGG CASE on a potted plant outside the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility, UC Davis, will yield from 100 to 200 tiny mantises next spring when the weather warms. A praying mantis recently deposited her eggs on the plant. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Prey?
Prey?

ARE YOU A PREY?--A pugnacious praying mantis eyes the photographer. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Monday, October 12, 2009 at 5:56 PM

On Your Knees!

Praying Mantis

 The praying mantis glared at me. It was not afraid of me, my camera, or my jockeying around to get a better position. When I captured the image (below) last fall...

Praying Mantis
Praying Mantis

HERE'S LOOKING AT YOU--A praying mantis shows no fear. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

It's in the Bag
It's in the Bag

IT'S IN THE BAG--You can buy a praying mantis egg case online, in a nursery, or in the gardening section of your local hardware store. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Monday, January 19, 2009 at 6:19 PM
Tags: egg case (3), praying mantis (94)

Turning Over a New Leaf

Praying Mantis

For my New Year's resolution, I resolve to turn over a new leaf. Oh, sure, most folks resolve to eat less, exercise more, drink less, read more, stress less, save more,...

Praying Mantis
Praying Mantis

TURN OVER A NEW LEAF--and there's a praying mantis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Crane Fly
Crane Fly

TURN OVER A NEW LEAF--and there's a crane fly, also known as a mosquito hawk. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Ladybug
Ladybug

TURN OVER A NEW LEAF--and there's a ladybug, aka lady beetle. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Wednesday, December 31, 2008 at 4:23 PM

What's for Dinner?

Camouflaged

The praying mantis isn't at all concerned about culinary choices. It doesn't worry about who's coming to dinner, only that dinner will come. This aggressive, predatory...

Camouflaged
Camouflaged

The praying mantis, camouflaged, lies in wait. Hmmm, is that camera edible?(Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Waiting for dinner
Waiting for dinner

A praying mantis awaits prey. Note its forelegs with strong spikes for grabbing and grasping prey. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Monday, October 6, 2008 at 2:48 PM

Let Us Prey

Praying mantis nails pipevine swallowtail butterfly

Robert Bugg saw it first.   That’s entomologist Robert L. Bugg.   Bugg, who received his doctorate in entomology at UC Davis, does research on...

Praying mantis nails pipevine swallowtail butterfly
Praying mantis nails pipevine swallowtail butterfly

A praying mantis snares a pipevine swallowtail butterfly. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Last flutter
Last flutter

It was the last flutter for this pipevine swallowtail butterfly after a praying mantis snared it. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Thursday, August 28, 2008 at 1:20 PM

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