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A harbinger of good things to come?

October 19th, 2011 at 12:23 am

I spotted this little lady outside my window yesterday as I was holding Luther on my lap...

I always felt that seeing a praying mantis in the garden was a very lucky thing. I haven't seen one of these in many, many years. Maybe it means I'll get that job!

Don't know how she got up as high as my second floor window, especially with a fairly slippery surface (vinyl siding and aluminum trim). Praying mantis' fly, but they usually don't. Of course seeing her there prompted me to do some quick research online. It seems that this is the time of year they mate and the female lays eggs, dying afterwards once it freezes.

I considered taking her inside just to get her through the winter, as some people keep them as "pets" and feed them crickets and things, but I'm fairly squeamish about insects and this one ranks high on the "squeam" scale.

I guess it's a sign of a health ecology in my garden, although I did have it sprayed with some sort of pesticide in the spring as part of a Lyme Disease study. Well, actually, I don't know for sure they sprayed the pesticide; it could have been just water. I will find out later this month, but I was convinced they had sprayed with the chemical becus for the first time in years, my home has been free of carpenter ants.

I'm not going to get much done tomorrow, as I'm driving my friend to her colonscopy. I have to go get her at 8:15 am and schelp down to hospital in the rain. As you may be able to tell, I don't really feel like doing it, but of course I will. She's going to return the favor when I get a colonscopy next month.

I caved and turned the heat on tonight, for what will be just the 2nd night with heat this season. I hope to keep turning it off when I get up in the a.m. and just have it on nights, for a while.

7 Responses to “A harbinger of good things to come?”

  1. creditcardfree Says:

    I've been seeing multiple praying mantis around my house this fall. So fun to see and I do hope they are good luck for you and me!!

  2. littlegopher Says:

    What a cool bug (though having never seen one in person before, I probably would have been a little freaked out!) Hope he brings you lots of luck!!

    We too have turned on the heat - a couple nights ago and again this evening. Our extended summer is truly over, and we can only hope that it's not an immediate leap into winter!

  3. MonkeyMama Says:

    Those guys love our garage. I wonder if they go in there for shelter in the winter. I often find them sitting on our cars (if I see them - I move them rather than drive off with them). We have tons of praying mantis here. BUT, I am always kind of fascinated with them - I never saw any where we used to live (it wasn't that far away).

  4. My English Castle Says:

    It's been years since I've seen one. I always feel like Patient Saver's website is a small vacation in my day!

  5. NJDebbie Says:

    No heat yet for us! Very cool picture of a praying mantis. I really hope you get that job.

  6. Dido Says:

    Crossing my fingers that your good omen bears fruit!!!

  7. dmontngrey Says:

    Oh, that one is beautiful! Looks a lot like one I found this summer. If you're squeamish about those things, you sure wouldn't want to see the pics I took. Big Grin

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