Summer garden memories for Jan. 29

jim_1 Zone 5B Illinois(5b)January 29, 2014

I was not aware that a mantis could be a color other than green. This one was on the Russian Sage in August.

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Isn't the mantis the insect--is he an insect?-- which can change its color to blend in with whatever it's near? Or is it that he can stay immovable for so long that his 'prey' is fooled--and then, he pounces!? In your picture, Jim, I had to look closely to see him. Thanks for sharing.

    Bookmark   January 29, 2014 at 9:16AM
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The ultimate camouflage

    Bookmark   January 29, 2014 at 9:41AM
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I first thought it was a walking stick, since they are brownish.
All the mantises I had seen here were green. Learn something new every day.

    Bookmark   January 29, 2014 at 6:54PM
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