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Old 07-18-2019, 09:44 PM
 
Location: Mesa AZ
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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.
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Old 07-18-2019, 10:21 PM
 
Location: Georgia, USA
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Old 07-18-2019, 10:23 PM
 
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How to save a praying mantis? John 3:16

And if he’s praying John 3:16, he’s already saved.
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Old 07-19-2019, 07:49 AM
 
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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 think if you harass him by caging him, he'll likely leave.

We had praying mantis egg sacks attached to the house two years in a row. It's great to see the little ones hatch and leave - they're about 1/4 inch long. We rarely see adults, but obviously, they're out there.
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Old 07-19-2019, 09:43 AM
 
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We also enjoy watching the praying mantises in our yard. When our kids were little, we once kept one in a container (a box specifically designed to hold bugs and other small creatures) for about a month. She was an easy keeper and it was fun to watch her watch the tiny crickets and other smaller insects we put in for her.

You can just let one crawl onto your hand and then set it in the box; don't try to grab it or you could injure the delicate legs. I don't see any problem with doing this if you are able to feed it while it's in captivity and let it go again when the storm is gone. They do eat quite a bit. They also like to have leaves and twigs to hold on to.
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Old 07-20-2019, 04:45 PM
 
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Kill praying mantis - it eats everything including good bugs and hummingbirds. Can't stand them!
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Old 07-21-2019, 07:44 AM
 
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Kill praying mantis - it eats everything including good bugs and hummingbirds. Can't stand them!
You must have massive mantises if they can eat hummingbirds. Around here they are never more than about an inch and a half long.
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Old 07-21-2019, 08:24 AM
 
Location: LI,NY zone 7a
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You must have massive mantises if they can eat hummingbirds. Around here they are never more than about an inch and a half long.
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Old 07-21-2019, 08:44 AM
 
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Eww. But I would never kill a praying mantis because I was afraid it would kill a hummingbird (we do have hummingbirds here; one raised two clutches in our yard this summer). The mantises we have here are just not big enough.
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Old 07-21-2019, 09:18 AM
 
Location: LI,NY zone 7a
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Eww. But I would never kill a praying mantis because I was afraid it would kill a hummingbird (we do have hummingbirds here; one raised two clutches in our yard this summer). The mantises we have here are just not big enough.
Nor would I. Just wanted to show that it can and does happen. Humminging bird count is very low in my yard this year for some odd reason.
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