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I witnessed a hatching of Praying Mantis today, the nest was under a chair of outdoor furniture on our patio, the mantis were all over the chair, I thought, what to do; grab a camera of course.
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Feb 16 2014 13:37 GMT hans55 PRO
a great macro !!
Feb 18 2014 11:54 GMT Papagena
Fantastic shot !! Is it normal to have them in your area or was it by chance ??
Feb 18 2014 20:33 GMT MargNZ
Interesting nature event to witness John :)
Feb 19 2014 05:45 GMT Annamaria
Great macro, John!!
Feb 19 2014 09:30 GMT Littleollie
I haven't seen the wee ones before seeing one just the other day, but we do see the adults from time to time. With it being hot here at the moment we have been running our air conditioning, we leave the glass sliding door partially open and the screen door closed and about three weeks ago an adult Mantis was on our patio in front of the door for some time, it moved closer and closer to the door, we believe it was getting the cool air that was coming through the door from the air con. I also believe this may have been the Mantis that laid the cocoon.