Let us pray

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I was wondering when I would see my first praying mantis of the season. I kept checking my buddleias, where they normally hang out, to no avail. Then I found this youngster, upside down on the side mirror of my car. (Please excuse iPod photo)

I was leaving for work and I didn’t want it to blow off onto the highway, so kind person (read: sucker) that I am, I picked it up gently, intending to set it down in the grass.

It swiveled its head around to look at me and sank its mandibles into my hand.

You’re welcome.

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About dirtynailz

Writer for a daily newspaper, gardener, tree hugger, orchid-grower, photographer, animal lover, hiker, wilderness seeker. Proponent of clover in the lawn and a dog on the bed.
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4 Responses to Let us pray

  1. I love these critters. They are beautiful. The sinking of the mandibles into the hand is not nice, but I bet he/she was feeling a little frightened!

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    • dirtynailz says:

      I know. The poor thing thought I was picking it up in order to eat it or hurt it in some way. I just wasn’t expecting that bite. And it hurt, by the way.

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  2. CJ Wright says:

    “They say…” that they are always in pairs. If you see one, the mate is nearby. Don’t know if it’s true or not, but it’s a nice thought. I love seeing them, but rarely do. Thanks for sharing the pic.

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