Now that we are getting settled in our house, we've both noticed an abundance of praying mantises. Yes, I just looked up the plural of praying mantis and apparently "Praying mantises" or "praying mantes" are the correct form. And get this, "praying mantids" is also acceptable, but only for a distinct species (the most common species). Who would have thought?
Anyway, back on topic, every time I water, I notice at least 2-3 praying mantises (which of course I love), and I can't help but wonder why we have so many because in the past I've only ever seen one at a time (and rarely ever even see them).
I got curious about if they have nests or something that would explain what seems like a big population, and after research, it turns out they do. Not sure if we have a nest, but man did I found out some cool things about praying mantises.
Bored yet? Not me!
I am pretty sure their nests are mostly just egg nests, and you can see what one looks like (with praying mantises being hatched) here:
I haven't seen anything the looks like an egg nest around our house yet, but I'll keep looking.
While I was taking pictures of the awesomeness (And Tessa being jealous of the awesomeness as you can see here...)
One of the praying mantises I was photographing made this crazy quick and scary head/eye movement to face me, and for the moment I thought, "Man, this thing is going to bite me." And then came the, "Oh silly, it's just a praying mantis."
Oh what little I knew.
Well..while researching the nests, I came across many interesting things.
First, check out these attacks. Eek!!
And now for the
Man they are quick.
And how crazy is this, I didn't even know Praying Mantises could fly.
Am I the only one? Feeling a little left out here.
And who even has a praying mantis as a pet?
Come on now.
Happy Friday fellow nature nerds!