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Old 08-07-2019, 11:05 PM
 
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I didn't know that they killed small birds.
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Old 08-08-2019, 12:23 AM
 
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Everything has to eat something, but I don't like that.
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Old 08-08-2019, 12:33 AM
 
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Run!

Where's the shotgun?

It's in the PC gun safe.

Crunch.

Mantis 1, human 0.
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Old 08-10-2019, 03:51 PM
 
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I have enjoyed having praying mantis in my yard for years. Every year when the monsoon storms come whipping through with 50+ mph winds they are never seen again. I always find a few eggs in the winter and spring so some of them do survive. Has anyone ever caught one without killing it? There is only one right now and I want to try to coax it into some type of container whenever a storm is coming. It is used to me walking right by several times a day and poking my nose in near him a couple times.
I live on the East Coast so this maybe regional but the large, 6"+ praying mantis is an invasive species that is displacing our smaller native Carolina mantid. They have been subject of urban myths about how much of a fine you get for killing one, but they can be problematic and eat many "good" insects and have even been seen to kill hummingbirds. Fun to observe but their propagation should probably not be encouraged.
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Old 08-10-2019, 03:57 PM
 
Location: SoCal
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The Chinese paring mantis is not a good one.
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