Look Who We Found

Yesterday, our son alerted me to the fact that a green bug was in our house. I came over with the swatter, thinking I’d find an Emerald Ash Borer, and was instead delighted by this dainty discovery. Please excuse the slight blur to the photo; it was difficult to keep him on my arm and take the photo with my non-dominant hand!

I’ve been on the watch for other baby Praying Mantis here in the house ever since, as I’m not sure if they hatched indoors or close enough to our front door that perhaps there are others here in the house. After visiting with this incredibly cute insect for a few minutes, we moved it out to a shrub right in front of the house.

Did you know?

  • The Praying Mantis has great eyesight, and can see about 50 feet away
  • They can rotate their heads almost all the way around, which helps them when hunting
  • There are about 2,000 varieties of Mantis – most of which are found in Asia
  • There are about 20 varieties of Mantis which are native to the U.S.
  • The State Insect of Connecticut is the European Mantis

Read more interesting information about these amazing bugs here! 

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