... They would say "Go away, stalker!"
So I've had a little mantis obsession in my garden this summer...
It started with teeny tiny creatures like this:
|Barely there, this critter favored cucumber leaves.|
|Itty bitty tomato dweller.|
And all of a sudden, ended up with full-grown "giants" like this...
|The tiniest I saw... for reference that big white perlite blob to the left is maybe 1/4 inch wide.|
|Most hung out in leafy green areas.|
|But this guy favored dead marigolds for a couple days.|
|Best if you concentrate on the cool bug and not my excellent watering skills.|
|This mantis lived in the mint all summer. Unlike the four or five others haunting the garden, it had a pretty light aqua iridescent quality to the wings. |
|Quick Googling tells me that skinnier abdomens indicate maleness.|
|Although handsome, I'm not sure how helpful he was... the mint was brutally attacked by all manner of leaf-eaters this summer.|
|Praying mantis belly.|
|Truly, these eyes were imploring me to GO AWAY.|
|This lady (note the larger bottom half) lived in the lily on my front porch for awhile.|
|Unlike the guys out back, she didn't pay me much heed, just a glance or two.|
|As lady mantises seem to eat their lovers post-coitus, I'm pretty sure I delayed this guy's demise for an hour or so. He was making the moves on the mantis pictured below but I interrupted the romance with my watering can. Oops.|
|A little creepy, no?|
|The lady in question. |
|Not sure why they like the upside-down perspective.|
|Back to the mint.|
|This guy liked to "box" when I came near.|
Any interesting bugs in your garden this year?
|Haven't seen hide nor hair of him in a couple weeks. Sigh.|
Labels: BUGS, cool, garden, Gardening, mantis, praying, Project Green Thumbs, Things That Make Me Happy