No Prayer for the Crickets

Every now and then, a non-canine critter wanders into my dog training facility. I decided to hold on to this one for a few days, so the kids could watch it (that’s the story I’m sticking to).

This is an adult female praying mantis, presumably toward the end of her six month life span. I bought her some crickets to munch on, and built her a small habitat.

I think she’s incredibly cool, and it’s getting cold outside. Not sure if I should release her back to the mean streets or not. But leaning toward doing so tomorrow.

  1. Luisa’s avatar

    David Attenborough called — he wants his camera crew back. Seriously, that was awesome.

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    1. ruthcrisler’s avatar

      I watched a lot of Wild Kingdom as a kid.

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  2. Debbie Greco’s avatar

    Must be the season. I had one hanging from the screen door yesterday and have seem several at the park. Cool little critters

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  3. regina steiner’s avatar

    Very cool! She looks pretty comfortable. So, did you release her??

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    1. ruthcrisler’s avatar

      Planning on doing so tomorrow. Weather will be nice, and the kids have a half day at school, so we’ll take her to the park in the afternoon. There’s some native prairie there, lots of bugs and butterflies and whatnot. Good eating, I think.

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      1. Sue Alexander’s avatar

        Not sure what happened to my original response, but I really hope that you release her as close to where you found her as possible. You cannot pick where the best insects for her to eat will be in part because she spent all summer duelling out territory and finding the best place to lay her egg mass. Mantids are to my knowledge, territorial and putting her in a new place won’t help her to do what she wants most to do…to pass along her DNA.

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