Praying Mantis good or bad?

CAstarter(Z9 OC, CA)August 25, 2005

I have seen a few of the praying mantis on my eggplant and tomatoes. Are they good/bad?

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loneranger(Sunset20)

They are voracious hunters--eating both pests and beneficial insects. Personally, I would leave them there. They probably would do far more good than harm.

    Bookmark   August 25, 2005 at 3:46PM
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fert1(7 SC)

I consider them very very good. If you don't want it, you could always send it to me. LOL!

    Bookmark   August 27, 2005 at 1:50PM
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worth1(8austintx)

Me too!!!

Worth

    Bookmark   August 27, 2005 at 8:09PM
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garnetmoth(z6)

I think theyre adoreable. Strange, but adoreable.

    Bookmark   September 2, 2005 at 10:56PM
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garyjoe(z6 TX)

Need more of those little critters!

    Bookmark   September 3, 2005 at 1:29PM
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worth1(8austintx)

Garyjoe

ThatÂs what I hate about the over use of pesticides.
I have plenty of Praying Mantises and spiders at my house.
I look at it this way they are the wolves of the insect world.
We donÂt have wolves down here any more (they killed them all) but we have way to many rabbits and coyotes.
We had a mama mountain lion on our place in OK in the national forest and cows.
She raised two litters of babies on the place and she harmed not one cow or calf.
I saw her a few times, "what a beautiful thing to see.
Stray dogs and coyotes constantly harassed the cows; I know I had to shoot enough of them.
Sorry folks itÂs just a sore spot with me, the senseless killing of all kinds of critters.

Worth

    Bookmark   September 3, 2005 at 2:12PM
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jerseyboy428(z7 NJ)

well I don't believe anything with the term praying would be harmful. We do not see many up here, but besides the fact, they are very interesting creatures.

    Bookmark   September 13, 2005 at 2:47PM
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rodolforz

Is it only a myth that a praying mantis can kill a cow if the cow eats the mantis? If it is not so, are the symptoms of mantis-disease in any way resembling an explosion?

    Bookmark   March 19, 2006 at 3:33AM
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barrie2m_

Although the Praying Mantis falls in the good category it is not the insect that one would "seek out" as a means of controling harmful insects. First, they don't reproduce fast enough to keep ahead of exploding pest populations, partly due to the fact that the females often eat their mate. Secondly, they usually devour everything they see, often larger beneficial insects. So the point is that if you want to reliably control pests with predatory insects you pretty much need to seek the smaller, host specific, rapid multipliers.

    Bookmark   April 14, 2006 at 3:41PM
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