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Praying Mantis in my garden

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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 about 100% better than they did last week which I attribute to the spraying with Epsom Salts and coffee grounds fertilising I did last Sunday. Its pretty amazing how well they have responded to the extra TLC. I’ve wondered for a while why this particular bed is virtually pest-free. I’ve never seen an aphid on any of the plants in this bed … could it be the Praying Mantises? This one is a baby, he is tiny, but if there is a baby there must be a Mom somewhere … and maybe a few brothers and sisters?

Praying mantises eat insects and other invertebrates such as other mantises, beetles, butterflies, spiders, crickets, grasshoppers and even spiders. If they could leave the spiders and butterflies, that would be nice, but I welcome this little family to my garden.

By Christine

Dominated by large trees on a medium sized property, my garden is very shaded. With no “full sun” areas I have to plant shade and partial shade loving plants. I love shrubs and flowers including camellias and azaleas but Roses and Irises are my favourite and getting these to thrive is a challenge …

10 replies on “Praying Mantis in my garden”

What a nice garden you have.
I use the macro lens very often. You will not regret it. Especially with those beautiful insects in South Africa.

Thijs de Graaf

Hi Chris, wow – it is always a joy to find Praying Mantises in the garden. I have a host of them in my lavender bushes! You have captured him well with your camera but a macro lens just gives it that extra closeness. It is well worth it!

Bad news: Mom is long-dead before the babies hatch. More bad news: brothers and sisters may have been “dinner” early on. Good news: this mantis will most likely stay in this same spot (or very close) for months, so you can check back on it throughout the growing season. =).

Newly-hatched mantises are super-cute. I’ll have to post some of my hatching videos sometime this spring.

Hi Christine! I would love to have these weirdly looking creatures in my garden! Once, I bought a bunch of ladybugs. Next day, they were gone (although I had water and aphids for them)! You are right about Mom hiding somewhere…

You have set Blotanical’s feed to Posted On, so your readers will all come straight to your site, with access to tabs and your Home page etc. Seems happy(ish) to me ;~) PrEying mantis? The newly hatched babies are so tiny, really if you blink you’ll miss it!

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