Overwintering Praying Mantid

marricgardensOctober 18, 2010

This guy was hanging onto our patio door screen for the past few days. At least he was smart enough to get between the screen and the glass door keeping him safe from birds. Do you think he or she wants a place to spend the winter?

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northspruce(z3a MB CDA)

Cool. I would pick it off and put it in some fallen leaves. That way it can find a place to overwinter. It'll probably die if it stays stuck in your door.

    Bookmark   October 18, 2010 at 9:26PM
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nutsaboutflowers(2b/3a)

I've never seen a real praying mantis.

Do you have them in your area all the time, or is this just a "stray"?

    Bookmark   October 19, 2010 at 12:10AM
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marricgardens

We've lived here 3 years and I've seen several over the years. They've mostly been spotted on the south patio tho. I looked this morning and he's gone, probably into the garden which is only about 15' away. I'm going to watch and see if he comes back and if he does I will take him to the south patio. We had placed some large stones there and I think some of them may be overwintering there. I just read an article about them on the DG newsletter I get. Apparently they don't live as long as I thought.

    Bookmark   October 19, 2010 at 8:16AM
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nutsaboutflowers(2b/3a)

Marric - What's the DG newsletter ?

    Bookmark   October 20, 2010 at 12:22AM
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marricgardens

DG stands for Daves Garden. The newsletter is free to anyone. I tried to post a link but Garden Web won't let me.

    Bookmark   October 20, 2010 at 8:00AM
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