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  1. #16
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    Another mantis lesson:

    Invade en masse. Numbers count.

    WEIRD NEWS 01/09/2019 12:52 pm ET Updated 4 days ago
    Over 100 Praying Mantises Take Over Home After Woman Buys Infested Christmas Tree
    Yes, Virginia, there are praying mantises in that Christmas tree.
    By David Moy

    Bah! Humbug! A Virginia woman’s Christmas tree left her a gift that keeps on giving ― but not in a good way.

    Springfield veterinarian Molly Kreuze is bugged that more than 100 praying mantises have infested her home after hatching from an egg case hidden in her Christmas tree.

    “Crawling on the walls, crawling on the ceilings. Just kind of moving,” she griped to DC station WJLA TV.

    It’s possible the mantises are now praying in her bedroom, but that’s a scenario she doesn’t want to consider.

    “I don’t want to think about that. It’s possible, but I don’t want to know,” she said, according to ABC News.

    Although some people might simply vacuum up the bugs, Kreuze is trying to avoid that, preferring to scoop them up with an envelope and store them in a shoe box.

    She is feeding fruit flies to her unwanted holiday guests while she tries to find them new homes.

    “In my googling, I discovered people really like praying mantises,” she told WJLA. “They are useful, they eat other bugs, people use them for organic gardening.”

    Still, the infestation has inspired her to get an artificial tree for next Christmas.

    You can see the complete WJLA segment below:
    You have to follow the link for that news vid.
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    A few years back I purchased an ootheca from a science supply store. We watched a few hundred hatch from it. They basically only ate each other and a cricket or two. I finally let them loose in my neighbor's garden and my backyard. They actually were pretty boring and didn't seem too bright. Disappointing!
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    hijacking this thread...

    In a flailing attempt to keep this subforum alive, I'm going to start posting articles on exotic mantids here. I see those fairly regularly on the newsfeeds. Mantids come in such variety.

    Woman Finds An Incredible Bug Who's Almost Too Beautiful To Be Real
    "I was amazed."

    BY STEPHEN MESSENGER
    PUBLISHED ON 09/27/2019

    The other day, Margaret Neville was strolling through the garden on her farm in South Africa when something remarkable caught her eye.

    There, on a branch in her lavender bush, was an insect unlike any she’d seen before: “I was amazed at first sight,” Neville told The Dodo.

    And it’s easy to see why.


    Margaret Neville

    The beautiful bug almost looked like a delicate glass sculpture. Her wings of white and green were accentuated with an elegant swirl, while the rest of her body was adorned with tiny, purple flower-like structures.

    Neville shared the photo with her friend, Kerri Martinaglia. She was equally impressed.

    “When I saw her, I thought she was an exquisite work of art,” Martinaglia told The Dodo.


    Margaret Neville

    Neville and Martinaglia came to learn that the insect she’d found was aptly called a “Flower Mantis,” a type of praying mantis perfectly suited to camouflaging themselves in floral settings.

    And thanks to that trick, the mantis Neville happened upon was clearly thriving. Before placing her back in the lavender bush, Neville gave her a name: Miss Frilly Pants.

    Here’s video of Miss Frilly Pants in action:
    facebook vid

    “She has spent the entire month of September living on my lavender,” Neville said. “She is still there now.”

    After Martinaglia shared photos of her online, the remarkable mantis has earned plenty of admirers from people stunned to learn such an animal is real. But not all of her new fans are human.

    Recently, Neville spotted Miss Frilly in the company of a suitor:


    Margaret Neville

    Though mantis relationships are notoriously short-lived (as are, in some cases, the males involved in them), with any luck, this one will result in many more Miss Frillys adding their beauty to the world.

    And the prospect of that alone is enough to be grateful for:

    “What a blessing,” Neville said.
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    Avoid sex with the wife!

    J/K

    But dang, those mantis ladies are hardcore!
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