Wednesday, October 28, 2009


We discovered this praying mantis next to our front door a couple of days ago. It looks to be about 5 inches long...the biggest one I've ever seen!

I was going to take a picture of my hand next to it to show you that it was almost the same size, but chickened out. Instead we held this package of 11 inch tall copy paper next to it.

The last I checked, it was still hanging out on our front porch.
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  1. Wow that was a huge one! I have them in my yard too and they're so good because they take care of the spiders. But I've never seen one that big! Hope all is well with you and your family.

  2. That's HUGE! We happened to see one eating a cicada in a tree a few weeks ago. We took pictures. (And put them on the blog, of course!) ;)

  3. I haven't seen many in my life.
    We have been studying Aplogia's Zoology 1 this semester. (Flying Creatures of the Fifth Day.)

    Anyway one day my husband drove up and I looked out my bedroom window and there was one sitting right on the outside window sill. (I am not kidding you, it was about 10 inches long.) I could not believe how big it was.

    In fact my husband even saw it from his truck down stairs in the drive way.

    They are amazing creatures to study!

    A couple weeks later we caputed a walking stick and kept it for a pet to study, unfortunately it died and now has been added to our mounted insect collection.



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