I never thought I'd be referencing Hall & Oates in a gardening blog, but there it is. :P
Before I moved to NC, I had never seen a Praying Mantis before. And since I've been here, I've only seen very small ones. They love to hang out on my hydrangea. :) I don't see them until they get all testy when I accidentally spray them with water. I mean come on Mantis, you're made so I can't see you, do you have to get so mad? :(
Mr. A took this photo of my stepdaughter Desiree and this Mantis when we were dating, but whilst I was in Canada. So this was probably spring of 2005. Desiree was 9. And the Mantis in this pic is so huge it looks like it could pull a knife on her O_O
The information that I get from the Bible of Wikipedia is that they love to eat lizards, frogs and rodents. This one looks like it could eat a small pony O_O. But I bet that's why they like to visit my garden. Tons of anole lizards and skinks. All I knew about them was that the females would eat the male after mating. Yikes!
They're very cool creatures. When Mr. A and I visited the Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh, we some some neat exhibits. One of them included this very cool Mantis statue. Mr. A is a bit of a ham...
Do you think Praying Mantises live in John Oates' moustache?
I do. O_O