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Up Close and Personal with Praying Mantis

Extension apiculturist Eric Mussen of the UC Davis Department of Entomology peers at a praying mantis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The last time we encountered a praying mantis it was waiting for prey on a plant by the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility at UC Davis.Then we saw two more that day in front of the Laidlaw facility. They jumped on us while we were watching...

Extension apiculturist Eric Mussen of the UC Davis Department of Entomology peers at a praying mantis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Extension apiculturist Eric Mussen of the UC Davis Department of Entomology peers at a praying mantis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Extension apiculturist Eric Mussen of the UC Davis Department of Entomology peers at a praying mantis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Praying mantis climbs on the back of Extension apiculturist Eric Mussen. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Praying mantis climbs on the back of Extension apiculturist Eric Mussen. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Praying mantis climbs on the back of Extension apiculturist Eric Mussen. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Wednesday, August 31, 2011 at 8:03 PM

Stalking a Praying Mantis

Praying mantis exploring its surroundings at the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility at UC Davis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Well, hello there!A praying mantis, perfectly camouflaged in bushes outside the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility at the University of California, Davis, was searching for prey when we spotted it. Front legs upraised in a "praying...

Praying mantis exploring its surroundings at the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility at UC Davis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Praying mantis exploring its surroundings at the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility at UC Davis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Praying mantis exploring its surroundings at the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility at UC Davis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Acrobatic praying mantis in action. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Acrobatic praying mantis in action. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Acrobatic praying mantis in action. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The last thing the prey of a praying mantis sees. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
The last thing the prey of a praying mantis sees. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The last thing the prey of a praying mantis sees. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Tuesday, August 30, 2011 at 4:58 PM

On a Wing and a Prayer

Gotcha!

It was not a good day to "stop and smell the roses."A vespid wasp apparently lingered too long on a rose--perhaps dropping by for a sip of nectar or seeking unsuspecting prey. What it found was another predator, a praying mantis looking for breakfast.The...

Gotcha!
Gotcha!

PRAYING MANTIS clutches a vespid wasp and prepares to eat it while a curious ant heads toward the feast. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Breakfast
Breakfast

TWO PREDATORS--A praying mantis munches its prey, a vespid wasp. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

On a Wing and a Prayer
On a Wing and a Prayer

A PRAYING MANTIS with the wing of a wasp in its mouth. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Tuesday, October 19, 2010 at 7:16 PM

Let Them Bee

Camouflaged

If I were in charge, the praying mantis would eat only aphids, flies and stink bugs.No honey bees. Let them bee.This week we watched a praying mantis slide beneath a purple coneflower (Echinacea pupurea) at the Häagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven at the Harry H....

Camouflaged
Camouflaged

PRAYING MANTIS clings to a purple coneflower (Echinacea pupurea) in the Häagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven at the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility, UC Davis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Honey Bee
Honey Bee

UNSUSPECTING HONEY BEE is nailed by the praying mantis at the Häagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven at the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility, UC Davis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Close-Up
Close-Up

CLOSE-UP shot shows the praying mantis eating the honey bee. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Friday, August 27, 2010 at 7:56 PM

Space Alien

Praying Mantis

If the praying mantis were six feet tall, what an incredible space alien it would make.It's a well-equipped predator, with keen eyesight, a rotating head, and two spiked forelegs that grab and grasp unsuspecting prey. It's not about "who's coming to...

Praying Mantis
Praying Mantis

PRAYING MANTIS searches for prey. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

On the Hunt
On the Hunt

PRAYING MANTIS is equipped with keen eyesight, a rotating head and spiked forelegs that grab and grasp its prey. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Up Close
Up Close

ARE YOU DINNER?--This could be the last thing seen by prey captured by a praying mantis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Tuesday, August 17, 2010 at 8:50 PM

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