The Praying Mantis is named for the typical “prayer-like” stance.
They can turn their head 180 degrees for excellent vision and hearing.
And they are quite fun to have around…
2. I have been nominated in the Sydney Writers’ Centre Best Australian Blog 2012 Competition. The category Chronicles of Illusions is in is the Personal/Lifestyle Category.
I feel quite proud of this…
Chronicles is also listed in the People’s Choice Award.
Voting for the People’s Choice Award:
- Opens on Friday 13 April 2012 at 5.00 pm
- Ends on Wednesday 9 May 2012 at 5.00 pm
At which point I shall remind you that voting is open should you wish to to use your influence in my direction.
Enough of that…now back to my new mate !!!
Their life span is about 10-12 months but it may be14 months being in captivity.
They have an incredible appetite and if you keep feeding them in captivity they continue to eat until hey burst…literally.
Not all males get eaten after mating…the crucial time is just after they separate. This is the time when the female will grab and devour.
There are about 1,700 varieties of praying mantis.
This one in my photos is not the original native New Zealand Praying Mantis but an immigrant.
This Praying Mantis arrived from South Africa around about 1978. The New Zealand Mantis has a purple spot on its forelegs.
For more about the Praying Mantis in New Zealand, Forest and Bird has a great webpage and photo of the dinky-di Kiwi version.
But my new mate and me…well, we are both immigrants…so we’ll just muddle along together.