Mantis

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  1. stevena198301

    stevena198301 Elite Refuge Member Supporting Member

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    Saw this guy hanging out on my window. A horsefly started flying around, and it patiently waited, and waited, and waited. Then, the fly got close (still flying around wide open like a fly in a window will do), and BAM! the mantis reached out and effortlessly snagged it.

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  2. twall

    twall Senior Refuge Member

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    Very cool! Thanks for sharing.

    Tom
     
  3. GUNNERX2

    GUNNERX2 Elite Refuge Member

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    A mantis is pretty cool. I don't see them around the house much. There is a video on youtube I think of a mantis taking out a hummingbird. Pretty impressive.
     
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    Got alot of mantis in my soybeans. Along with lady bugs, they are the “beneficails” insects in that ecosystem. I caught a mantis once and put it in a container with a good size brown recluse. The mantis showed no respect for the recluse, caught it ate only its azz and left the rest. If you ever get a chance to catch a recluse or black widow, put it in front of a common toad frog. They too, show no respect.
     
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    Sunklands Elite Refuge Member

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    We’ve had alot more horse flies this year than we typically do. You got them big solid black ones down there?
     
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    stevena198301 Elite Refuge Member Supporting Member

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    See them a bunch here certain times of year. I don’t know if it’s a mating thing, or a saving up for winter thing.

    Saw this little pip-squeak a few weeks ago:

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    That’s a 4x4 treated post.
     
  7. stevena198301

    stevena198301 Elite Refuge Member Supporting Member

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    Yessir. A few years ago, some dude leased the pasture across the street from us. He neglected the cattle to the point my wife called the county. I tried speaking with him first (he’s the manager of our county co-op), and he got belligerent quickly. His cows were getting hit in the road trying to get out to get grass from all the neighbors yards. Anywho, his neglect led to an infestation of the ba$tards. This year has been especially bad, IMO due to the mild and wet winter, and warm and wet spring and early summer. All insects here are way up, numbers wise.
     
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    spaightlabs Elite Refuge Member

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    Thought this was gonna be a thread about Dr. Mantis Toboggan, one of the great medical minds of our time.
     
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    Green Duck Truck Washington State Moderator Moderator

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    A pass shooter, no decoys necessary.
     
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    He was a good Secretary of Defense
     

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