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The Praying Mantis smile
On November 22, we found a very cold praying mantis outside laying on the ground. We brought the mantis inside and placed it on one of our houseplants to see if it would "warm up" and come back to life. It did. And then it got lost in the house. After we finally found it on top of a dining room curtain, we put it back down inside the plant. Then, I found a large bug in the back yard (I think it was a stinkbug?) and put it in front of the praying mantis. The praying mantis reached out, grabbed the bug, and ate it wings and all (head first). After it (is it a she?) finished the bug, the praying mantis turned its head, looked at me, and "smiled". Hmmmm… Is the mantis smiling because it is grateful, or is it thinking "come a little closer my dear, your next on my menu….." Rather unnerving. I have nothing else to feed it. I think I am going to have to put it back outside! Happy Thanksgiving.
Mary Strong-Spaid

Hi Mary,
Your story is so sweet. You can always go to the pet store to buy crickets and keep your mantis as a pet. Seems a shame to shoo it into the cold.

(11/25/2005)
You are right. It would have been “a shame to shoo it into the cold”. With snow flurries and 30 degree weather, the mantis wouldn’t stand a chance. So, this morning we did go out and find some live crickets at the local pet store. Now, not only is the Praying Mantis still inside where it is warm…it is very, very happy. It sends its thanks on to you.
Mary Strong-Spaid

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One Response to Mantis Rescue!!!

  1. nightlurker says:

    if you still have it, you can tell its gender. If you start counting the segments on its abdomen starting from the back legs, you will find that the males have 6 segments but the females have 8.

    If the mantis can fly, it’s probably a male.

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