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Old 09-20-2012, 09:09 PM   #1
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I didn't catch my mantids in flagrante delecto as MrILovetheAnts did this month, but I caught this one dealing with the results.

Do you think this outfit makes me look fat? Pregnant? Who me?
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Oh, it is so hard to move these days...
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But I really, really need to find some place more private than this, right now!
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Ten minutes later, I am hard at work depositing my eggs in the viburnum, where next spring they can eat all of those nice caterpillars and moths that live there!
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Alas, if only she were one of the native mantids, I would be happier, but I enjoy having the Chinese mantids anyway.

I have a video clip but don't know how to post it.
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Old 09-22-2012, 10:03 PM   #2
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Apparently my viburnum makes a good nursery for mantis's. I caught this female laying yet another egg case today.
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What an amazing thing to witness...and document and share here!

How can I learn to recognize the difference between the native mantis as compared to the Chinese one?
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Old 09-23-2012, 06:41 AM   #4
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I hadn't known that some of our mantises are Chinese.
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How exciting to not only SEE one but to witness it in production!
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Old 09-25-2012, 06:45 PM   #6
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The egg masses they sell in the stores are Chinese. Unfortunately, they are doing an amazing job at killing off the native mantises everywhere.

Here is the link to bug guide to id your Chinese mantises - they are very large, males are often brown winged vs females green; in NC the Chinese mantises are considerably larger than the native ones.

Subspecies Tenodera aridifolia sinensis - Chinese Mantid - BugGuide.Net

One question I have to the group is - do you kill these guys when you see them in your garden, on the grounds that they are foreign, invasive and displacing native species (much like the Asian ladybugs are), or do you admire them and leave them be? I think they are very cool, and haven't been killing them since they are such fun to find and observe in my yard, but I admit to amazing ambivalence to the whole thing. I approve of them eating the giant horse flies, though!
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I've only ever seen one in my life time (native or not?) but I'd admire another no matter what type it was.
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