Little Praying Mantis

This year I have spent a lot of time taking pictures of my flowers. Of course, I am always looking for interesting fauna as well.

Last week I was able to capture some pictures of little praying mantises.

rose bush, praying matis, insects, rose gardenThis picture is really zoomed in, but here you can see two praying mantises. while I was taking the picture I saw some movement and decided to take a closer look.

rose bush, praying matis, insects, rose gardenI was able to get a few good pictures of a tiny praying mantis.

rose bush, praying matis, insects, rose gardenI have seen praying mantis in my garden before, but never this small.

rose bush, praying matis, insects, rose garden I will have to watch out to see if I can see these little ones again.

rose bush, praying matis, insects, rose garden

Look how tiny they are. They would be able to perch on my fingertip.

rose bush, praying matis, insects, rose gardenYou can see some aphids on the underside of the flower above.

Praying mantis are neutral when it comes to pest control as they eat both good and bad bugs.

I have seen less aphids on my roses this year, and have seen only a few lady bugs.  Perhaps the praying mantises are keep the aphids in check.

Have you seen praying mantis this small?

Steven

 

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3 Responses to Little Praying Mantis

  1. nitinsingh says:

    So fresh , lovely post

  2. Pastor Cathy says:

    Little Praying Mantis

  3. Pingback: Watching for the Mantises | Braman's Wanderings

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