Insect and Bug ID forum: Pretty sure this is praying mantis

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Name: Judy
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SCButtercup
Sep 1, 2014 9:10 PM CST
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I was gathering zinnia seeds when I noticed a clicking sound and it seemed to be coming from this. Beautiful insect. All I know is they are carnivorous and predators that eat other bugs. Anyone know much about them? What do they like to eat?
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jmorth
Sep 1, 2014 10:09 PM CST
They are basically a positive garden bug as they often prey on destructive insects, however they're not adverse to knocking off a butterfly or moth.
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luvsgrtdanes
Sep 2, 2014 8:59 AM CST
or hummingbird Sad
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Name: Judy
Simpsonville SC (Zone 7b)
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SCButtercup
Sep 3, 2014 3:14 AM CST
Hummingbirds? I didnt think ordinary mantis could get big enough for that.
Name: Kyla
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kylaluaz
Sep 3, 2014 5:44 AM CST
That's a wonderful picture!
Name: Keith
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keithp2012
Feb 25, 2015 11:22 PM CST
That's a male Carolina mantis. Too small to catch a hummingbird, you must be thinking of the Chinese or European mantis.

cleoxpatria
Mar 1, 2015 10:23 PM CST
And they think nothing of eating each other as in being cannibalistic........when I find them in my gardens I'm thrilled beyond words........as they eat so many of the "yech" species.......... Hilarious!

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