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Little Mantis - M. Religiosa

Jul. 9th, 2005

04:02 pm - Little Mantis

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Here's a little mantis I found on one of my abutilons:

I have too many in my yard this year, though! My love for mantids is grappling with my love for butterflies, and the mantids seem to be winning. I have very few butterflies so far this season, but I see a mantid nearly every 3' in the garden. I am thinking about moving some of the mantids to the schoolyard next door. Think they will just come right back?

lepidopterists (butterflies & moths)
alpine_garden (mosses, bonsai, rock gardening, miniatures)


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Date:July 10th, 2005 07:13 pm (UTC)
..... Oh my god, would you consider catching some and sending them to me (I live in Seattle)? I've wanted pet mantises again for so. long.
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Date:July 11th, 2005 07:32 pm (UTC)
Unfortunately I don't think a live mantis would ship very well, especially that far. I'm also not sure it is legal. However, there are a lot of mail order companies that sell praying mantis egg cases for releasing in the garden. You could order some of these and keep a mantis or two to raise yourself.
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