Mantis Visit

Photo by Gayla Trail  All Rights Reserved

Last week we found an adult praying mantis hanging out on the raspberry bushes I’ve got growing in a massive planter box on the roof. I’d like to think it is the offspring of one of the baby mantids I hatched and released last spring but that’s highly unlikely since mantids don’t tend to stick around that long and we didn’t see any egg casings nearby.

More here about mantids in the garden and hatching an egg case (aka ootheca).

Gayla Trail
Gayla is a writer, photographer, and former graphic designer with a background in the Fine Arts, cultural criticism, and ecology. She is the author, photographer, and designer of best-selling books on gardening, cooking, and preserving.

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4 thoughts on “Mantis Visit

  1. Beautiful photo.

    They always show up in my garden about now. They hang out in the lavender & always the sunflowers. In the lavender they color to look like fallen leaves. In the sunflowers, always green. Wonderful.


  2. They are so beautiful and almost alien looking; my garden is in Ottawa but I’ve never seen one here.

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