In the late summer, early fall, the praying mantis lay their eggs. Over the winter to late spring, they do their thing inside the hard casing and finally emerge. They grace my garden and eat the pesky bugs no one wants on their plants.
Let’s start by checking out a praying mantis egg casing.
Weird looking isn’t it? This casing was on the bottom side of one of the branches on my liquid amber tree.
Here is the praying mantis that I discovered, which let me know that they are back!
This is a baby and is about the size of a quarter. It will grow to a length of 3-3 1/2 inches long.
If you look closely at the photos you will see lots of detail. This little guy is watching me. Click on the photo so you can see the pupils in his eyes.
This one looks funny with its butt up in the air.
Because this is just a baby, it has not yet developed its wings.
You can tell the sex of the mantis by the wings. This next photo shows the typical stance of the praying mantis.
It has been watching me the entire time I took these photos, and as I try to get closer, it moves away from me.
I hope that you enjoyed today’s photos. Thanks for dropping by, and have a splendid Saturday. Be well… ^..^