Archive : praying mantis

May 12 2012 by in Barbie's garden, Bugs & Pests, Gardening, Miscellaneous, | 10 comments

Garden friends spotted in my garden

Garden Friends 011

I love walking through my garden, but when I stop and bend down, I see so much more! I have so many active friends that work and play in my garden. Let me introduce some of them to you. My sunbirds are back and enjoying the Pineapple Sage bush – they frequent this bush, so my next photograph shoot will hopefully catch the splendid male. Lots of Praying Mantis, I am happy [...]

Jan 28 2012 by in Barbie's garden, Bugs & Pests, Gardening, Miscellaneous, | 15 comments

Bug-a-boo Zoo

04 New Bugs

I have had such weird and wonderful bugs coming into my garden lately that I had to do a special post on all the bugs I have met so far. Every time I step onto my back deck, I have to run and get my camera. It is as if they wait for me and pose. Thanks to a lot of our friends, we were able to identify all of them. Here [...]

Jan 06 2012 by in Barbie's garden, Bugs & Pests, Gardening, Miscellaneous, | 41 comments

Praying Mantis babies have hatched

Mantis 08

Can you remember the post I did on the Praying Mantis laying her egg sac? Well, I nearly stepped on the new-born mantis babies today!! I have taken these close up shots of the egg sac (see how the marauder insects are tackling it!) and the baby manti-do’s! So cute! I could not tell how many have hatched but there were quite a few scurrying around! They are literally the size of [...]

Dec 06 2011 by in Barbie's garden, Bugs & Pests, Gardening, Miscellaneous, | 23 comments

Mantis mommy laying eggs


It was by pure chance I saw this praying mantis mommy laying her eggs in our front doorway! I was on my way out to water the garden and I glanced down. Gee! I nearly stepped on her. She looked up at me and must have called out – “Watch out!” Had I not been mindful, I would have not gone down on my knees to take a closer look. What a [...]

Feb 20 2011 by in Bugs & Pests, Christine's garden, Gardening, | 10 comments

Praying Mantis in my garden

Praying Mantis

So I don’t only have nasty aphids, ants and cutworm in my garden, today I was ecstatic to find a baby Praying Mantis! Happy Days! What these photos do prove though is that I desperately need a Macro Lens for for the Canon EOS 550D I am using. I found this little guy whilst watering and loving my Gardenias early this evening (hence the darkness of the photographs). My Gardenias are looking [...]