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#106654 - 08/10/2007 at 03:22 AM Guardian of the Pond
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I was out tonight cleaning the pond. Chopping up my super-long anarchis and hornwort, and getting excited by all the baby snails I'm finding. I probably found around 8 new snails--babies of the ones I bought and want in there! Woohoo! Anyway, while taking the bits of leaves and algea to the compost pile, I notice a stray leaf on my shoulder. I went to brush it off and it ran towards my head!! I grabbed it and threw it to the ground. I saw it was a praying mantis and scooped the poor thing up (boy was he angry) and took him in too show my husband. Well, while showing Adam, the thing ran up my arm, onto my back and into my hair.



As Adam was taking the picture, the mantis jumped at him and he screamed like a little girl and ran away from me! It was so funny. Every time the bug moved he'd be screaming and running.

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#106661 - 08/10/2007 at 03:26 AM Re: Guardian of the Pond [Re: LandOfOz]
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Wonderful shots! In spite of the screaming.
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#106664 - 08/10/2007 at 03:28 AM Re: Guardian of the Pond [Re: Tina]
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I haven't seen a praying mantis in years! He's kinda cute, reminds me of "A Bug's Life". Sounds like you had a little excitement tonight Sarah!
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#106672 - 08/10/2007 at 03:32 AM Re: Guardian of the Pond [Re: mrw]
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So cute in a buggy kind of way.

I had one living in my plant pot last week.....I went to grab him thinking he was a leaf or something and it moved. Are they endangered????? I see those walking stick bugs once in a while too.

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#106697 - 08/10/2007 at 03:47 AM Re: Guardian of the Pond [Re: ]
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I don't think that they are endangered. We have a cool brown spotted one that lives on our enclosed porch. Every now and again we see him climbing around, doing his little boxing move at us.
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#106710 - 08/10/2007 at 04:02 AM Re: Guardian of the Pond [Re: LandOfOz]
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i like praying mantis

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#106761 - 08/10/2007 at 05:00 AM Re: Guardian of the Pond [Re: ]
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Those are fantastic pictures of a very interesting creature!

We used to find them much more often when we were kids, but I also remember being told way back then that they were an endangered species. Maybe the population came back and they were taken off the list?
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#106822 - 08/10/2007 at 11:58 AM Re: Guardian of the Pond [Re: plants 'n pots]
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Oh wow, that is so cool. We don't have them here. I've never seen a real one in my life.
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#106856 - 08/10/2007 at 01:31 PM Re: Guardian of the Pond [Re: Sunflowers]
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sarah thats so cool! great pics!
i watched the eggs hatch n all the baby come out, but so far i havent seen a one since:{
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#106935 - 08/10/2007 at 02:58 PM Re: Guardian of the Pond [Re: sibyl]
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Sarah those are great pics!!! I love the title too!!
I've always loved praying mantis. They are cool and unusual looking bug.
A very alien look.
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#106977 - 08/10/2007 at 03:30 PM Re: Guardian of the Pond [Re: Shirley4]
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I did some research on it and most sources said that they've never been on the endangered species list, just that it is largely rumored to be (but actually isn't). That is quite a rumor and I wonder who started it.
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#107014 - 08/10/2007 at 05:17 PM Re: Guardian of the Pond [Re: LandOfOz]
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Eeeeek! watch out Adam its a harmless bug!!
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#107035 - 08/10/2007 at 05:47 PM Re: Guardian of the Pond [Re: Wrennie]
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 Originally Posted By: Wrennie

Eeeeek! watch out Adam its a harmless bug!!


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#107368 - 08/11/2007 at 12:43 AM Re: Guardian of the Pond [Re: Shirley4]
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Maybe they are making a come back cuz I've recently started seeing them in my yard and they havent been around in years. We have had an unusual amount of rain recently and I wondered if they were as a result of the waters. In any case, I'm glad they are around cuz that same water has caused an over abundance of skeeters and ants. I hope the mantises,...manti (plural ?) do stay around cuz I need help getting rid of these pesky bugs.

Im keeping my fingers crossed that we get back lighting bugs and horned toads which have disappeared from our area too.

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#107424 - 08/11/2007 at 02:17 AM Re: Guardian of the Pond [Re: D]
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We have them in NC. Is it too cold in Canada for them to lay eggs?
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