Who can resist a young praying mantis?

insect praying mantis

I love watching praying mantises grow from tiny replicas of their parents to the biggest insect I see by season’s end. It’s hard to imagine how they start out about the width of my little fingernail. Depending on the size of your screen, the photo may be enlarged. This insect is actually about 1.25 inches long.  They seem to be very patient hunters. I wonder what they think as they wait.


Published by

Carrie Staples

Author, illustrator of "The Yarn Animal Book", probably the only craft book with instructions for making such unique yarn animals as an orangutan, an ant eater, a llama and a star-nosed mole and "The Single Minded Prince, a fairy tale for all ages about a boy and a pirate captain who both misbehave. The books and a booklet series based on each different yarn craft topic covered in "The Yarn Animal Book" (pompoms and other really easy yarn crafts, knitting, crocheting, rya, needlepoint and embroidery), are available on Amazon and Kindle.

2 thoughts on “Who can resist a young praying mantis?”

  1. What I love is how they turn their heads when they’re looking at you, as if they are communicating. And their long, slender, green bodies. Makes you want to touch them. But, No! I have heard they will bite..??


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