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Old 06-30-10, 07:19 AM   #1
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I found a juvenile praying mantis

I found a juvenile praying mantis in a window sill area at work. it is quite small: only about an inch long. can I leave it there or should I try to get it outside. it seems happy where it is. here is an internet picture that looks just like it
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male, or female?
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dunno!
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catch it and put it in an aquarium. Then feed it any bugs you can find.
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I just got Space Ghost Coast to Coast seasons 4 and 5. I've been seeing Zorak a lot.
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I love praying manti (mantises?) they are such increbible hunters. Love to watch them reach out and grab some other bug and then eat it's head off. Sick but true.
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gave mine a little capful of water but haven't seen it drink yet. I read that it helps if you spray it once a day with water, I guess from an atomizer ...
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gave mine a little capful of water but haven't seen it drink yet. I read that it helps if you spray it once a day with water, I guess from an atomizer ...
Try your water bottle. But it will need to have electrolytes

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I found a juvenile praying mantis in a window sill area at work. it is quite small: only about an inch long. can I leave it there or should I try to get it outside. it seems happy where it is
If its not outside you should get it outside ASAP or it will not surivive. Even if it has a food souce some ******* will eventually see it and smash it.
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I've been showing it to people and everyone seems good. I'm gonna bring a good camera to work tomorrow before letting it outside.
It likes my glove a lot - a little cave. I poured a little water in front of it on the fuzzy fabric. That startled it a tiny bit but it quickly investigated and put its head down and began to drink! :-)
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Love this bugs!! Used to collect (when I was a kid) some pregnant females in the fall and keep them (which meant I was out hunting grasshoppers and other things for them to eat in the Fall) till they laid their eggs, then let them go (they die after that) - then winter the egg cases in the garage and put them in the garden in the Spring.

Accidently had one egg case in my bedroom - and it started to hatch - teeny little bugs as long as my pinky fingernail - ran the unhatched cocoon out to the garage, but the one's that hatched didn't make it as I didn't have any bugs
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catch it and put it in an aquarium. Then feed it any bugs you can find.
Don't drown the poor thing. A terrarium would be much more humane.
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Don't drown the poor thing. A terrarium would be much more humane.
I was looking to feed that bass that jsharr keeps showing everyone.
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LOL - the dam thing is cute. it's been in my glove most of the day and now on the outside of my glove. I think I'll release it before I leave today or should I do it in the morning after a night of rest and or feeding? heres a crummy cell phone pic
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Whatever you do don't mate with it. It will never call you again.
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Those critters were a federal protected species in Ohio,not sure about now.
If you look close you will see a 10 digit number next to its bunghole.

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awww baby bug - let it loose and hope that it makes more bugs!
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UPDATE: It was a bit weak looking this morning but sitting proud on top of my glove this morning. I used a backup set to ride in today. It was motionless and I was worried but after about an hour after putting my glove in the woods behind our office it moved to under a leaf.

For anyone who’s interested, I found a juvenile praying mantis 2 days ago on a window sill in my office and I kept an eye on it yesterday giving it shelter and water. (it was cool watching it drink) It really perked up yesterday and moved around a lot. It was pretty darn cute and it really took a liking to my bike gloves! :-) This morning it was time to release it where it could hunt for bigger food items than it could find on our window sill. Although there must have been some decent pickings for it to have hung around as long as it did. Here are some pictures I took handheld this morning with a 55mm micro lens and an old D100. Not national geographic quality but pretty good anyway! :-) You can see its eyes; arms and the spines on the arms. You can also see the cool translucent wings and wicked long neck. I only wish I could have caught it eating! Some kids you know might enjoy seeing them, I know mine will. (well, maybe)

So if you like bugs … enjoy! If not, then DO NOT OPEN! Hahaha …

oh, the baby spider was in the cap of water I left over night. it was the size of a pinhead
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