Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Critters in New Paltz

Grammie has this cute flower garden in front of her apartment. From her enclosed porch we could see a critter on her dahlia plant. Do you see what it is? Bigify the photo for a closer look.

It's a really cute Praying Mantis. I've never seen one in person before. I was so excited to see this pretty mantis. It was gigantic, at least 4 inches long. She was also brown, not vibrant green. I wondered if maybe she was molting.

Grammie told us that this was the 2nd Praying Mantis that visited her garden this summer. She must have tasty bugs!


  1. It's been years since I've seen a mantis here. I like how they look like little pinwheels when they fly and how they change color to suit their surroundings, making them easier to sneak up on their prey. A mantis is good luck! :-D

  2. I've never seen a praying mantis either. I don't even know if they exist this far north. thanks for the photo, now I know what they look like if I should stumble upon one.

  3. Bigify. Good word.
    It took me a while to see it. But it's definitely cool.

  4. I've never seen bigify either until visiting you!

  5. I haven't seen one in a long time. The more predatory insects, the better in my opinion!

  6. They blend in to well, I didn't even see it in the first photo. We have those and it seems most bugs here in florida but that one looks really big.

  7. How about a 'walking stick'? I was just thinking about those the other day. Thanks for sharing, it was fun to see the mantis.

  8. The mantises change color throughout the season. In spring they're real green, and then they brown up as the colors shift to late season. I think they actually shift in color specific to the plants they are hanging out it.

    The female would be pregnant, with a swollen abdomen.


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